The Washington Times - May 7, 2012, 12:46PM

Nebraska state Attorney General Jon Bruning holds a 16-percent point lead over his nearest rival in the race for the Republican nomination for the state’s open Senate seat, a new poll shows.

Mr. Bruning has the support of 42.2 percent of likely GOP voters surveyed for the We Ask American poll, in results released Monday. His two main challengers are state Senator Deb Fischer, who scored 25.9 percent of the vote, and state Treasurer Don Stenberg, with 22.5 percent. Three other candidates in the GOP primary race all scored less than 5 percent of the vote, according to the survey.


The winner of next week’s primary likely will face former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, in the November general election.

Mr. Bruning, who is in his third term as attorney general, has been the front-runner in polling for months, though he has come under attacks by groups such as Club for Growth that question his conservative credentials.

The automated We Ask America survey of 1,152 Nebraska Republicans was conducted Sunday, and has a margin of error of 2.9 percent. Respondents were not given the option to say if they were undecided.