If it’s true, it certainly explains why he decided to jump in this week:
Attorney General Jon Bruning said Monday he led Sen. Chuck Hagel by 9 points in a survey last week of likely Republican voters in a 2008 GOP Senate primary contest.
The poll of 404 Republicans was conducted by Bruning’s pollster, Dresner, Wickers and Associates of San Francisco. In a head-to-head matchup, Bruning led by 47 percent to 38 percent.
Nebraskans are “very troubled” by Hagel’s criticism of President Bush and his support for legislation calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Bruning said.
If these results are anywhere close to accurate, it should be setting off alarms in Hagel’s camp. This early and the incumbent is trailing the state Attorney General? Maybe Hagel did far more damage than we realized to his reputation among Republicans.