Republican Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced his plans to seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Nelson.
Stenberg is a former attorney general who was elected state
treasurer in November.
His Tuesday announcement is no surprise. Stenberg has expressed
his interest since Gov. Dave Heineman announced two days after his re-election in November that he would not run for the Senate.
Stenberg has a lot of experience running for the Senate. This will be his fourth attempt. He lost the Republican primary in 1996 to Chuck Hagel, who went on win election to the Senate.
In 2000 Stenberg won the GOP primary but lost the general election race to Nelson. In 2006 Stenberg tried again, losing the primary to Pete Ricketts, who lost the general election to Nelson.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is also seeking the Republican nomination for the Senate.
Senator Nelson has not said officially whether he will seek another term. Nelson served two terms as Governor and left the office on a high note.
His political fortunes took a hit, however, when Nelson became the 60th and deciding vote to pass the controversial health care bill, which polls have shown is hugely unpopular in Nebraska.