Nebraska Senate Race Spells Trouble For Dems

Ben Nelson

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson (D) faces an uphill battle for re-election in 2012. 

The incumbent Cornhusker is trailing his Republican challengers in Nebraska polls. The latest numbers put Nelson 11 points behind State Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) and four points behind State Treasurer Don Stenberg (R).

A GOP win in Nebraska would move the party one seat closer to the four it needs to take control of the Senate next year. Republicans are also eyeing Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) as prime 2012 targets.