U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer files to run for re-election in Nebraska

By: - January 30, 2024 2:55 pm

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer files Monday to run for re-election to the Senate with Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen in Lincoln. (Courtesy of Fischer campaign)

LINCOLN — U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., filed for re-election Monday, giving Nebraska Republicans an incumbent in all five congressional primaries this spring. 

By Tuesday, Fischer had drawn only one challenger. Omaha union leader Dan Osborn is running as a nonpartisan and must petition his way onto the general election ballot. Fischer is the only candidate filed to run in the GOP primary this May.  

Fischer announced her intention to run for a third six-year term in June, saying she continues to deliver needed investments for Nebraskans. She highlighted her support for Offutt Air Force Base and funding roads, bridges and broadband.

This week, she touted her conservative voting record and her endorsements from more than 1,000 local, state and federal leaders. She spoke Saturday during the Nebraska Walk for Life, saying she would continue to fight for the unborn.

In a campaign press release, Fischer said her campaign has county chairs in all 93 Nebraska counties. Securing that support shows “the strong grassroots support for my campaign and our collective commitment to earn each and every vote,” she said.

Fischer was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and was re-elected in 2018. She has beaten former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., and State Sen. Jane Raybould of Lincoln in previous campaigns. She is unlikely to face a Democrat this fall. Nebraska Democrats have said they are considering whether to endorse Osborn. 

Osborn has said he hopes to attract voters who are looking for something different. He said both parties are beholden to “monopolistic corporations” and special interests.

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Aaron Sanderford
Aaron Sanderford

Political reporter Aaron Sanderford has tackled various news roles in his 20-plus year career. He has reported on politics, crime, courts, government and business for the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He also worked as an assignment editor and editorial writer. He was an investigative reporter at KMTV.