Kerrey & Fischer debate for the final time this evening

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Republican Deb Fischer and Democrat Bob Kerrey will meet for their final debate in the race for a U.S. Senate seat.

The Monday night event comes only three days after the two candidates debated in Omaha.

NET News is hosting the hour-long debate, which will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. on NET TV and radio.

The candidates will be questioned by a media panel.

Polls have shown Fischer, a rancher and state senator, leading Kerrey, a former governor and U.S. senator who moved back to Nebraska to run for Senate.

The Nebraska seat is seen as crucial to Republican hopes of winning a majority in the U.S. Senate. The winner will replace Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who didn't seek re-election.

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