Another day, another set of primaries. Another story the media’s not covering. First, the primary news: Tuesday’s primaries should be mostly uneventful…except for the possible upending of yet another establishment candidate in a competitive U.S. Senate race. In Nebraska, a three-way Republican primary appeared ho-hum even a week ago with heavy favorite, Nebraska attorney general, Jon Bruning holding a commanding sixteen point lead. But a late surge in the polls coupled with a key endorsement from Sarah Palin has resulted in a reversal in challenger, Deb Fischer’s fortunes. What makes this race particularly interesting is the power players backing the candidates. Aside from Palin’s endorsement of Fischer, Bruning holds a nod from Rick Santorum and Jon Stenberg received support from both Rand Paul and Jim DeMint. Bruning has held a tremendous money edge and held a solid lead through nearly all of the primary season but faces the prospect of flaming out in the last week before the election. Fischer has jumped from third to first in a matter of a weak and is in position to pull off a May surprise. The winner goes on to face former Senator Bob Kerry in what promises to be a prime target seat for Republicans in November.
What else is big in the news today (or not in the news in this case)? How about the fact that Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of President Obama among women? Yes, the women vote. Often cited as the Achilles heal for Republicans (after all, women voters are somehow more valuable than men voters), Romney’s “war against women” was supposed to be the latest surge in the Obama candidacy that would prove fatal to Romney’s chances in November. After a brutal primary, and unpopular stances on “women’s issues”, Romney was in danger of losing women entirely. So what isn’t in the news today? How about the fact that Romney is now leading among women voters in the most recent CBS/NYT Poll? I’m not sure which is more humorous at this point: the fact that the media is utterly silent on the issue or the fact that team Obama is trying to spin a New York Time poll as biased.