OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has endorsed Nebraska's Republican U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer.
Rice was Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. She is now a political science professor at Stanford University.
Fischer, a state lawmaker from Valentine, announced Rice's endorsement on Saturday, just three days before Election Day. Fischer is in a tight race with Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor and two-term U.S. Senator, to replace outgoing Sen. Ben Nelson.
In a statement, Rice called Fischer an effective legislator ``who will promote economic competitiveness and private sector growth and will change the current standstill in Washington.''
Thursday, Former Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel endorsed Democrat Bob Kerrey in the race.
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