Nebraska Primary Sets Up Showdown for Governor

  • Nebraska Primary Sets Up Showdown for Governor

Nebraska Primary Sets Up Showdown for Governor

Eastman will face first-term Republican Rep. Don Bacon, who was unopposed in his primary. Eastman pitched herself to voters as a progressive political newcomer, unlike Ashford, a proud moderate who promised to build relationships with Republicans if voters sent him back to Congress. Ashford was running to reclaim the seat he once held but lost in 2016 to Republican Rep. Don Bacon.

The unofficial results of Tuesday's voting set up 13 general election battles pitting Republicans against Democrats, along with one Republican-Libertarian matchup and a Republican-independent race.

Krist defeated two other Democratic candidates in Tuesday's primary election.

Here's a breakdown of the races. Eastman said she would bring a fresh perspective to the office and argued her views better reflect those of Omaha-area residents.

Lincoln City Councilwoman and grocery store executive Jane Raybould has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.

The Ricketts-backed candidates who were eliminated, along with Riskowski, include former GOP official Joe Murray of Firth, who came in third in District 30, and farmer Shane Greckel of Bloomfield, who finished just out of the running in District 40.

Raybould, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014, helps run a Nebraska grocery store chain founded by her late father.

The other Democratic hopefuls who ran were retired farmer, attorney and judge Frank Svoboda of Lincoln; retired Fremont real estate broker Larry Marvin; and Chris Janicek, the owner of an Omaha specialty cake business. His only GOP challenger in Tuesday's primary didn't raise or spend enough to trigger a reporting requirement.

In the GOP primary, Fischer defeated retired Omaha math professor Jack Heidel; writer and retired air conditioning technician Dennis Frank Macek; former finance manager Jeffrey Lynn Stein; and Lincoln businessman Todd Watson.

Gov. Pete Ricketts' backing proved no guarantee of success Tuesday for candidates seeking seats in the Nebraska Legislature.

He now faces state Sen.

Ricketts ran against Krystal Gabel of Omaha, a registered Republican who has volunteered to create the Legal Marijuana Now Party of Nebraska.

Smith fended off three GOP challengers on Tuesday to claim the nomination.

Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner is the victor of the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has easily won the Republican nomination to seek a second term in November.

Murante defeated Taylor Royal, a certified public accountant from Omaha.

Wolf leads a unified Democratic Party into the fall.

There were plenty of contests, topped by contested nomination races in both parties as Gov. Pete Ricketts and U.S. Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha, who is seeking a return to the Legislature after sitting out four years. Before being elected to the Senate, she was a rancher and state legislator.

Ricketts, the Republican incumbent, enjoys considerable advantages heading into the November 6 general election, including better name recognition and more money in his campaign coffer.

Of the 24 districts that are up for election, 10 have more than three candidates vying for the seat.

Riepe is among the candidates with the governor's support who came in second.