Nebraska Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Nebraska Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
May 13, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Dave Heineman Republican Party
Lieutenant governor's office is vacant
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The Nebraska Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dave Heineman (R) is prevented, by term limits from seeking another term in office. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office. In Nebraska, gubernatorial nominees select their lieutenant governor running mate after the primary.[1]

Heineman's lieutenant governor, Rick Sheehy, was expected to run until a scandal erupted in February 2013 that resulted in Sheehy's abrupt resignation from office, effectively ruining his chances of winning election as governor in 2014. Sheehy's successor, Lavon Heidemann, was running as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, but resigned abruptly on September 9, 2014. He resigned in the wake of a protection order issued to Heidemann's sister, who accused him of physical abuse during an argument. For more information on this story, click here.

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.[2]

Candidates

Note: Lavon Heidemann's name will not appear on the ballot after an appeal by Pete Ricketts to add running mate Mike Foley after Heidemann's withdrawal on September 9, 2014. State law required gubernatorial candidates to select their running mates by September 1, with no provision for removing selected candidates from the ballot. Ricketts selected State Auditor Mike Foley as a replacement for Heidemann, and the Nebraska Secretary of State approved an appeal to replace Heidemann with Foley on September 10, 2014.[3][4]

General election

Republican Party Pete Ricketts/Mike Foley[5][6]
Democratic Party Chuck Hassebrook/Jane Raybould[7]
Libertarian Party Mark G. Elworth Jr./Scott Zimmerman[8]

Withdrew from race

Republican Party Lavon Heidemann - Former lieutenant governor

Lost in primary

Republican Party Tom Carlson - State Senator, District 38[9]
Republican Party Beau McCoy - Member of the Nebraska State Legislature, representing District 39 since 2009.[10][11][12]
Republican Party Jon Bruning - Current Attorney General of Nebraska[13]
Republican Party Mike Foley - Nebraska State Auditor[11]
Republican Party Bryan Slone - tax attorney, former Reagan administration official[14]

Withdrew

Results

Primary Results

Republican Primary

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.


Race background

Incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman is barred by term limits from seeking re-election in 2014.[25][26] Heineman intended to enthusiastically back then-Lt. Gov Rick Sheehy, with whom he shared a winning ticket in both the 2006 and 2010 elections, as his successor, until Sheehy's resignation in Feb. 2012, causing a "deeply disappointed" Heineman to withdraw his support for his former second-in-command's campaign.[27][28] Days later, campaign donors reportedly began receiving refund checks in the mail, the final death knell for Sheehy’s foregone gubernatorial ambitions.[29]

With Sheehy, the previous front-runner, out of the running, other potential candidates emerged with renewed hope: six Republicans ran in the May primary.[30]

Resignation of Lavon Heidemann

Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann (R) announced his resignation from the lieutenant governor's office on September 9, 2014, following reports of a physical altercation with his sister, Lois Bohling. Bohling claimed that Heidemann grabbed her wrists and pushed her following a heated argument over their deceased father's estate. Heidemann and Bohling disagreed about her August 13 filing, which would have stripped him of his ability to farm two parcels of land previously owned by their father. This altercation led to a September 8 order from Johnson County District Judge Daniel Bryan prohibiting Heidemann from contacting his sister, visiting her home or visiting their mother's home. Heidemann stated that he disputed his sister's account of the discussion, but the order led to calls for his resignation by state Democratic leaders.[31]

Gov. Dave Heineman (R) announced that he would move quickly to fill the vacancy, which will be held by three different people in less than two years. Heidemann's 2014 running mate, Pete Ricketts, selected State Auditor Mike Foley as his new ticket mate following the resignation. The Nebraska Secretary of State approved an appeal by Ricketts to replace Heidemann with Foley on the ballot on September 10. The deadline to name a lieutenant gubernatorial candidate was September 1, and state law does not allow names to be removed from the ballot after that date. The appeal was approved on the grounds that Ricketts had a constitutional obligation to select a running mate.[31][32]

Ballot lawsuit

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mark G. Elworth Jr. filed a lawsuit against Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale on September 12 over his decision to remove Heidemann from the general election ballot. In a filing with Lancaster County District Court, Elworth cited state law that requires candidates for lieutenant governor to be decided by September 1. Gale argued that his decision to remove Heidemann from the ballot was made after weighing a gubernatorial candidate's constitutional right to designate a running mate against the statutory deadline. Elworth's lawsuit is under consideration by the court, as of September 15.[33]

Polls

Governor of Nebraska
Poll Chuck Hassebrook Pete RickettsMark ElworthNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
June 11-12, 2014
38%42%8%13%+/-3.3902
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Nebraska
Poll Pete Ricketts Jon BruningMike FoleyBeau McCoyBryan SloneTom CarlsonUndecided/otherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
May 8, 2014
25%24%18%16%5%5%7%+/-4.3525
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Nebraska, Hypothetical Match up
Poll Pete Ricketts Chuck HassebrookOther candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
May 14-15, 2014
47%40%5%8%+/-4750
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign media

Chuck Hassebrook


Chuck Hassebrook ad: Too Extreme for Nebraska

Pete Ricketts


Pete Ricketts ad: Believe

Pete Ricketts ad: Real-World Experience for Nebraska

Pete Ricketts ad: Disrupt

Outside groups

Republican Governors Association


RGA ad: Too Liberal

Recent news

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See also

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References

  1. Politics1, "Nebraska," accessed April 20, 2013
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. WOWT, "Update: Ricketts Names Mike Foley As New Running Mate," September 9, 2014
  4. Kearney Hub, "Secretary of State: Mike Foley's name to appear on ballot," September 10, 2014
  5. Journal Star, Waiting for shoes to fall, July 21, 2013
  6. Wichita Eagle, Pete Ricketts joins GOP race for Nebraska governor, September 8, 2013
  7. The Freemont Tribune, "Hasseback will enter 2014 governor's race," June 3, 2013
  8. Nebraska Secretary of State, 2014 Filed Candidates, accessed February 19, 2014
  9. Fox 14 News, "State Sen. Carlson joins race for Neb. governor," July 12, 2013
  10. Centre Daily Times, Republican Beau McCoy to enter governor's race, August 23, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Omaha World-Herald, "Potential candidates jockey for office vacated by Sheehy," February 2, 2013
  12. Journal Star, Sen. Beau McCoy enters GOP governor race, August 23, 2013
  13. Omaha, Nebraska AG Jon Bruning Confirms Interest in Gubernatorial Bid, January 30, 2014
  14. NTV, "Bryan Slone Enters Nebraska Governor's Race," December 17, 2013
  15. Journal Star, Walton: Speaker Adams looks at governor race, September 1, 2013
  16. Omaha World-Herald, "State Sen. Charlie Janssen to run for governor; Clare won't run," February 18, 2013
  17. Nebraska Watchdog, "Janssen 'seriously considering' run for governor," December 13, 2012
  18. Omaha World-Herald, "Mike Flood drops bid for governor; wife ill," December 6, 2012
  19. Lincoln Journal Star, "Don Walton: Flood won't re-enter governor's race," July 7, 2013
  20. Omaha World-Herlad, "Sheehy's gubernatorial campaign shutting down," February 5, 2013
  21. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  22. News & Observer, "Nebraska Treasurer Stenberg to seek re-election," December 5, 2013
  23. Omaha, Democrat Annette Dubas' bid for governor stirs excitement about the race in both parties, August 9, 2013
  24. The Grand Island Independent, "Dubas drops out of Nebraska governor’s race," November 26, 2013
  25. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  26. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  27. Journal Star, "Sheehy says he will run for Nebraska governor in 2014," July 15, 2011
  28. The Wall Street Journal, “Nebraska lt. governor resigns,” February 2, 2013
  29. Omaha World-Herald, “Sheehy’s campaign returns donations,” February 6, 2013
  30. National Review Online, "Charlie Janssen to run for Nebraska governor, February 19, 2013
  31. 31.0 31.1 Omaha.com, " Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann resigns, withdraws as Pete Ricketts' running mate," September 9, 2014
  32. Kearney Hub, "Secretary of State: Mike Foley's name to appear on ballot," September 10, 2014
  33. WOWT, "Candidate Sues To Get Heidemann's Name Back On Ballot," September 13, 2014