Nebraska Attorney General election, 2014

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Nebraska Attorney General Election

Primary Date:
May 13, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Jon Bruning Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jon Bruning Republican Party
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Nebraska State Executive Elections
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The Nebraska Attorney General election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Jon Bruning (R) was first elected in 2002 and instead of seeking re-election, ran for the office of Governor of Nebraska. The race to replace Bruning featured Republican candidate Doug Peterson and Democratic candidate Janet Stewart. Doug Peterson won election to a four-year term.

The contest between Peterson and Stewart was the first contested race for attorney general in Nebraska since 2002. Bruning ran for re-election without opposition in 2006 and 2010 after a 32-point victory in 2000. Learn more about where the candidates stood on the issues by jumping to the campaign themes section.

Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.[1]


General election

Lost in primary

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General election

Attorney General of Nebraska, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Peterson 66.1% 339,846
     Democratic Janet Stewart 33.9% 174,614
Total Votes 514,460
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican Primary

Nebraska Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Peterson 35.6% 67,578
Brian Buescher 25.5% 48,316
Mike Hilgers 22.9% 43,371
Pete Pirsch 16% 30,321
Total Votes 189,586
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

Democratic Primary

Nebraska Attorney General, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Stewart 72.3% 47,151
Allan Eurek 27.7% 18,083
Total Votes 65,234
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Peterson and Stewart made public statements about their positions on issues facing Nebraska voters. The following sections quote these statements verbatim from candidate websites.

Doug Peterson


The Attorney General is the lead law-enforcement officer for the state of Nebraska. One of the most important responsibilities for the Attorney General is to provide leadership and support for all County Attorneys and law enforcement agencies in the state. I have spoken with several County Attorney’s across the state and they confirm that in order to most effectively fight criminals they need the support of the Attorney General’s office. I will make this my highest priority as Nebraska’s Attorney General because it truly does affect the good life for all communities. Cracking down on all types of criminal activity will send a message to those criminals that Nebraska will never surrender any community to lawlessness.


Over the last several years we have seen the federal government under President Obama impose more and more control over both individuals and state rights. The United States Constitution limits federal authority. Nebraskan’s simply cannot back down to power plays by this current federal administration. Government works only when it operates within the constitutional boundaries. I strongly support government at the most local level. I will not allow the federal government to intimidate Nebraska individuals or businesses by overplaying its federal authority. Our founding fathers understood that our country is strongest when our states are strong.


There have been snake oil salesman in Nebraska about as long as there have been snakes. Fortunately, in Nebraska the Attorney General’s office has a dedicated department to protect Nebraskans from consumer fraud. Motivated by greed and acting with deceit, corporations and individuals pray upon the most vulnerable Nebraskans. I intend to be very aggressive in going after these crooks. I want to send a very strong message that if you mess with Nebraskan’s through consumer fraud you will pay a very high price.

Fortunately, in Nebraska the Attorney’s General’s office has a department dedicated to protect Nebraskans from consumer fraud and I want to use my 28 years of legal experience to lead this unit and fight for you. [5]

—Doug Peterson's campaign website, (2014) [6]

Janet Stewart

I am ready to put my experience managing litigation for a major Nebraska business to work for all Nebraska. My experience practicing law in Nebraska state and federal courts gives me a solid foundation from which to vigorously represent the interests of our state. I intend to follow the example of Attorney General Robert Spire, a nonpartisan and ethical lawyer, who elevated the standards of the office. Partisan politics and divisive ideologies compromise sound legal analysis and decisions. Electing an Attorney General with no aspirations to advance a political agenda, or run for higher office gives Nebraskans the legal representation they deserve. Managing Nebraska’s litigation and the Attorney General’s office with experienced legal and business skills will conserve state resources saving taxpayer dollars. [5]

—Janet Stewart's campaign website, (2014) [7]

Past elections


Jon Bruning won re-election without opposition.


Jon Bruning won re-election without opposition.


2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jon Bruning 66.0%
     Democratic Party Mike Meister 34.0%
Total Votes 443,499

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $1,157,587 during the election. This information was last updated on April 25, 2015.[9]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Doug PetersonRepublican Party Nebraska Attorney General Won $384,853
Brian BuescherRepublican Party Nebraska Attorney General Defeated $319,362
Mike HilgersRepublican Party Nebraska Attorney General Defeated $222,955
Pete PirschRepublican Party Nebraska Attorney General Defeated $185,053
Janet StewartDemocratic Party Nebraska Attorney General Defeated $23,666
Allan EurekDemocratic Party Nebraska Attorney General Defeated $21,698
Grand Total Raised $1,157,587

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
May 13, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
December 1, 2014 Certification of election results
January 8, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials

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