Report: Chuck Hagel to back Bob Kerrey in Nebraska Senate race

So maybe it won't be a blowout after all?

After an election season in which he was all but written off, former Nebraska Sen. and Gov. Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, appears to be within striking distance of returning to the Senate from the deeply red state of Nebraska.

Polls show his race against Republican state sen. Deb Fischer, where Kerrey once lagged in the double digits, has tightened considerably.

And now comes the news that Kerrey has  won the endorsement of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican and a fellow Vietnam veteran.

The Omaha World-Herald wrote: "Hagel's backing could go a long way with independents. And, it clearly underscores Kerrey's contention that he is the person in the race who can win Republican and Democratic support.

In campaign news, this is huge."

Karen Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where she received the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.
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