Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Nebraska Congressional Seats

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November 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Nebraska's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 3 0

LINCOLN: Nebraska: Nebraska has three U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. All three U.S. House incumbents are running for re-election and face at least one challenger in the general election. The U.S. Senate seat is open with the impending retirement of Ben Nelson (R). Three candidates are vying for the seat on the general election ballot.

Currently, the Republican Party holds all three Congressional seats and one U.S. Senate seat. The Senate seat held by the Democratic party is up for election on November 6th.

In Nebraska, all polling locations will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm central time and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm mountain time.[1] Nebraska is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

In the Senate race, Republican Deb Fischer has held a significant lead in polls all year, but in the weeks leading up to the election, polls have shown Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey gaining ground.[2] The race is still rated likely Republican by the Cook Political Report.[3]

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Nebraska Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Bob Kerrey
Republican Party Deb Fischer
Independent Russell Anderson
Ben Nelson Pending Pending

U.S. House

All three Congressional Districts are strongly Republican, and no incumbents are expected to lose their seats.

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Nebraska:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Korey L. Reiman
Republican Party Jeff Fortenberry
Jeffrey Fortenberry Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party John Ewing
Republican Party Lee Terry
Independent Matt Helt
Lee Terry Pending Pending
3rd Democratic Party Mark Sullivan
Republican Party Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Nebraska -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 3 3
Total 3 3
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved May 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Nebraska.


See also