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|U.S. Senate, Nebraska|
|Governor, US Senator|
Kerrey was born in Lancaster County, Nebraska. Upon graduation from Lincoln public schools, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska in 1966 and then served in the U.S. Navy SEAL special forces unit. He was wounded in Vietnam and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He operated a chain of restaurants and fitness centers in Nebraska from 1972 through 1982, at which point he was elected Governor of Nebraska. He served as Governor for four years before being elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1989 through 2001. Most recently, he served as president of the New School in New York City.
Kerrey ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Nebraska. He squared off against former state Senator Deb Fischer (R) and independent candidate Russell Anderson in the November general election. Fischer won.
|U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2012|
|Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Lawsuit to Remove Kerrey
In late March, the Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed the Republican Party's case to remove Senate contender Bob Kerrey (D) from the May 15 primary election ballot, paving the way for a big-money, high-stakes battle that could conceivably alter the balance of power in Washington.
Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale (R) had expressed misgivings about whether Kerrey, a former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator, had established residency at the time of filing, but ultimately ruled that the U.S. Constitution protected his status as a candidate in the race to replace retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D).
State Republicans asked the courts to overturn Gale's decision, claiming that Kerrey had resorted to the "New York-style political trick" of filing at the eleventh hour to avoid scrutiny from election officials, but the judges ruled that they had no authority to grant relief.
The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld District Court Judge Steven Burns' decision that there was "no evidence to suggest that Mr. Kerrey knowingly and willfully violated any laws of the state of Nebraska."
The primary took place on June 5, 2012.
|US Senate - Nebraska Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Steven P. Lustgarten||2.6%||2,177|
|United States Senate, 2012 - Bob Kerrey Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$5,253,975|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$5,146,461|
|Top contributors to Bob Kerrey's campaign committee|
|Rural Media Group||$62,500|
|MacAndrews & Forbes||$54,500|
|Nix, Patterson & Roach||$25,000|
|Kirkland & Ellis||$23,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$282,000|