A new poll indicates Sen. Ben Nelson's, D-Neb., decision to vote for the Senate's healthcare overhaul is hurting him badly with Nebraska voters - although he won't face re-election until 2012.
Nelson voted for the controversial legislation after cutting a deal with Democrats exempting his home state from paying Medicaid costs that other states are obligated to pay.
However, only 17 percent of Nebraska voters supported the senator's decision.
According to the Rasmussen poll, 61 percent of Nebraskans said they would vote for state Gov. Dave Heineman should he run against Nelson, leaving the Nebraska senator with only 30 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, top prosecutors from seven states, including Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, are probing the constitutionality of the deal.
"Our democratic system of government depends upon transparency and openness," he said. "This backroom deal goes too far and must be challenged because Texas deserves better."
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