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Nebraska state executive primary review: Bruning concedes to Ricketts in the Republican race for governor

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May 14, 2014

By Kristen Mathews

May 13, 2014 Election Review
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Omaha, Nebraska: Six contested primaries were held May 13, 2014 for state executive offices up for election. The office of the Nebraska Secretary of State was the only position without a contested primary. In that race the incumbent, Republican John Gale, will face Libertarian Ben Backus in the general election. Of the six state executive positions appearing on the ballot in November, only two incumbents are running for re-election. Secretary of State Gale is one, the other, and only contested state executive incumbent in the Nebraska primary, is Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg. Current Governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, is term limited from seeking re-election. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Nebraska Auditor Mike Foley both lost in the primary for the office of Governor, and Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Anne C. Boyle is retiring at the end of her term.[1]


Nebraska Governor
See also: Nebraska Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

In a tight race, businessman Pete Ricketts beat current Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning in the Republican primary by approximately 1500 votes. Ricketts will face Democrat Chuck Hassebrook and Libertarian Mark G. Elworth Jr. in the general election. Both Hassebrook and Elworth were uncontested in the primary.[1]

Governor of Nebraska, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Ricketts 26.5% 57,922
Jon Bruning 25.5% 55,751
Beau McCoy 20.9% 45,804
Mike Foley 19.2% 42,029
Tom Carlson 4.1% 9,034
Bryan Slone 3.7% 8,179
Total Votes 218,719
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.

Nebraska Attorney General
Nebraska
See also: Nebraska attorney general election, 2014

The only race in which there was both a contested Republican and Democratic primary on May 13th was for the office of Nebraska Attorney General. Current incumbent Jon Bruning (R) is running for Governor of Nebraska. Republican Doug Peterson and Democrat Janet Stewart will face each other in the general election.[1]

Republican Primary
Nebraska Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Peterson 35.7% 66,969
Brian Buescher 25.5% 47,892
Mike Hilgers 22.9% 42,952
Pete Pirsch 15.9% 29,875
Total Votes 187,688
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.

Nebraska Treasurer
See also: Nebraska down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Don Stenberg, who maintained a large lead over challenger Christopher Costello, will face Democrat Michael O'Hara and Libertarian Michael Knebel in the general election. Both O'Hara and Knebel were uncontested in the primary. Stenberg, one of only two Nebraska state executive incumbents appearing on the November ballot, was the only contested state executive incumbent in the May 13th primary.[1]

Nebraska Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Stenberg 85% 171,183
Christopher Costello 15% 30,236
Total Votes 201,419
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.

Nebraska Auditor
See also: Nebraska down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Charlie Janssen will face Democrat Amanda McGill in the general election. McGill was uncontested in the primary election.[1]

Nebraska Auditor, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Janssen 56.6% 92,277
Larry Anderson 43.4% 70,618
Total Votes 162,895
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.

Nebraska Public Service Commissioner
See also: Nebraska down ballot state executive elections, 2014

A Democratic primary was held for one seat on the Public Service Commission. Democratic winner Crystal Rhoades will face Republican John Sieler in the general election. Sieler was uncontested in the Republican primary.[1]

Nebraska Public Service Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCrystal Rhoades 43.5% 5,705
Jim Esch 39.9% 5,238
John Green 16.6% 2,183
Total Votes 13,126
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.

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