LINCOLN, Neb. — Sometimes, she got her colleagues in the Nebraska Legislature to side with her by making assurances: “We’ll get the people to help you get your bill through.”
Other times, she would sway them with incredulity: “You’re not going to vote for this, are you?”
And on other occasions, State Senator Deb Fischer would draw a line in the sand: “You can’t be for this.”
The results were often the same — Senator Fischer got what she wanted.
So as surprising as it was last month when Ms. Fischer defeated two heavily favored opponents to become the Republican nominee for Nebraska’s soon-to-be vacant United States Senate seat, those who have followed her career say it fit right in with her record of determination and achievement.