Fischer wins Republican primary for US Senate

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska has won the Republican nomination in her bid for a second term in office.

Fischer defeated four GOP challengers in Tuesday's primary election and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska.

Some of Fischer's primary opponents had argued she wasn't conservative enough, but Fischer received endorsements from a majority of the state's elected Republican officials, as well as major farm and business groups. Before being elected to the Senate, she was a rancher and state legislator.

President Donald Trump had tweeted earlier Tuesday: "Nebraska - make sure you get out to the polls and VOTE for Deb Fischer today!"

She defeated retired Omaha math professor Jack Heidel; writer and retired air conditioning technician Dennis Frank Macek; former finance manager Jeffrey Lynn Stein; and Lincoln businessman Todd Watson.

After the Associated Press called her race, Fischer issued the following statement:
“I am honored to have the support of Nebraskans from all across our great state. In November, Nebraskans will have a clear choice between two candidates: a family rancher who listens and partners with Nebraskans to fight for our values every day and a woman who already spent more than twenty years in Washington, where she lobbied for Washington, and isn’t open about where she stands on the issues. I look forward to continuing to work with Nebraskans to get good things done for our families.”

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