State Sen. Deb Fischer

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Palin Effect: State Senator Pulls Off Upset Primary Victory After Endorsement

After an improbable Nebraska primary victory, state Sen. Deb Fischer has emerged from relative obscurity to take the mantle as one of the GOP’s best hopes for picking up a U.S. Senate seat — though she’ll have to beat a famous Democratic politician to do it — popular former Sen. Bob Kerrey.