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Nebraska: Raimondo Ad Touts His Ability to Bring Change

Senate candidate Tony Raimondo is up with his third statewide television ad, as he seeks to get the jump on Democratic primary opponent Scott Kleeb in advance of the May 13 contest.

This latest spot, running on broadcast and cable in the state’s four major media markets, highlights Raimondo’s business career and touts him as a change agent. Kleeb, a college professor and rancher, was the 2006 3rd district nominee, and is more well-known among the type of committed Democrat likely to show up to vote in the primary.

Raimondo originally intended to run for Senate this year as a Republican but switched parties when it became apparent that the Nebraska GOP was going to rally behind former Agriculture Secretary and ex-Gov. Mike Johanns.

“I’m a businessman — I’ve created jobs, balanced budgets and helped grow Nebraska’s economy,” Raimondo says in the 30-second ad. “My experience is real-world experience, solving real problems and creating real jobs. That’s the kind of experience needed to change Washington.”

At this point, Johanns remains the heavy favorite to win the general election. This seat opened when Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) decided to retire.

— David M. Drucker

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