Ratings Change: Nebraska’s 2nd District

Posted January 24, 2014 at 5:00am

Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry has a knack for making races closer than they need to be, but it will be tough for the Republican congressman to lose to no one.

Omaha City Council President Pete Festersen was the poster child for national Democratic efforts to get candidates into races in the wake of the government shutdown. On the ground, Festersen was considered a very legitimate threat to Terry and was viewed as the type of Democrat who could win Nebraska’s 2nd District.

Two months later, Festersen dropped out.

Democrats would love to get another candidate into the race (they have until March 3), but after hyping up Festersen so much, it will be difficult for them to make the case that the next candidate they find is just as good.

We’re moving Nebraska’s 2nd District to Republican Favored from Lean Republican in the Rothenberg Political Report/CQ Roll Call ratings. The move is in spite of Terry’s campaign, which couldn’t even spell his campaign pollster’s name correctly in a news release.