Senate and Congressional Races Down to Final Hours


Update: Congressman Lee Terry and former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey spent the morning casting their ballots. Kerrey who hopes to claim victory over State Senator Deb Fischer then met with students at Creighton.

Meanwhile Fischer was meeting with voters at coffee shops in Omaha.

Terry and his challenger John Ewing waived to voters at busy intersections.

Ewing's campaign spent the day dealing with voter controversy. His campaign said they got tips from voters who said their ballots were already filled out this morning when they went to vote.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps said one person did get someone else's ballot that got stuck in a voting sleeve.

Monday night State Senator Deb Fischer was staged in front of hundreds of people at a victory rally. The crowd was enthusiastic and pumped as Fischer continued her message about positivity in her campaign.

She said she plans to continue that positivity because that's what Nebraskans want. And she said there's still time to talk to voters.

"Working with all of my colleagues, whether they are republicans or democrats. We've made tough decision, we've passed major legislation that helps the people in Nebraska. And if I'm honored to serve you in the United States Senate I will work hard for you and serve you with honesty and integrity."

Congressman Lee Terry was also at the rally. Both he and Senator Fischer said he voter turn out has been great.

"This is a really important election. It is probably the most important election maybe in my lifetime. So people should be enthused and pumped up to get out and vote," Terry said.

"Always work to do until the very end of the campaign. It's just wonderful that we've had that excitement and support, and the momentum continues," Fischer said.

Both candidates said they aren't slowing down even though the finish line is in sight. Senator Fischer said she plans to be making phone calls and heading out all day Tuesday. Congressman Terry-said he'll join the thousands of other voters-and cast his vote.

For Congressional candidate John Ewing,16 months of campaigning boils down to a few hours. He met with UNO students. Trying to get potential voters to the polls. He said Washington needs a change and he's the candidate to do that.

"Which is what I think Washington sorely needs today. People who are statesman, who can get things done for the people , rather than working for special interest groups or political parties," Ewing said.

Ewing's campaign manager said he's planning to take it easy Tuesday during the day, and will spend the evening watching results come in.

Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey also held a rally. He and his team met with supporters to thank them for their help. About fifty people filled a campaign gathering. Not everyone there was part of the democratic party, making Kerrey's case that he will bring bipartisanship back to the Senate. Kerrey hopes to balance the budget as a first agenda item.

"Endorsed bi-partisan proposals both by Social Security and Medicare. I'm positioned well based upon my experience of having done it before both as senator and governor. I know how to get it done and believe that I can help lead it out."

Inside this office volunteers were on the phones and computers contacting as many registered voters they could.

Kerrey said he believes his volunteers are a big part of the reason he believes he will win.

"You can't run a campaign without volunteers. You really can't overestimate the power of volunteers throughout America. It's really quite amazing. Not just in campaigns, but every walk of life."

He also mentioned that during his nine years serving as president of the University in New York City he was able to double the schools' endowments from $96 million to $206 million.

This he said helped them secure federal funding and increase and expand academic growth.

A Kerrey spokesperson said Kerrey will vote Tuesday morning and then head to Creighton University to speak with students at noon before his election night gathering party at eight.