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

November 4 Election Winners:
Pete Ricketts Republican Party
Mike Foley Republican Party
Incumbents prior to election:
Dave Heineman Republican Party
John Nelson Republican Party
Dave Heineman
John Nelson
Nebraska State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Public Services Commissioner

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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. 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. 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]

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]


Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Note: Lavon Heidemann's name did not appear on the ballot after an appeal by Pete Ricketts to add running mate Mike Foley following 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 Green check mark transparent.png [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
Republican Party Greg Adams - President of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 24[9]
Republican Party Charlie Janssen - State Senator, District 15[10][11]
Republican Party Mike Flood - Past Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature[12][13]
Republican Party Rick Sheehy- Former Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska[14]
Republican Party Don Stenberg - Nebraska State Treasurer[15][16]
Democratic Party Annette Dubas - Member of the Nebraska Unicameral representing District 34.[17][18]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Tom Carlson - State Senator, District 38[19]
Republican Party Beau McCoy - Member of the Nebraska State Legislature, representing District 39 since 2009.[20][21][22]
Republican Party Jon Bruning - Current Attorney General of Nebraska[23]
Republican Party Mike Foley - Nebraska State Auditor[21]
Republican Party Bryan Slone - Tax attorney, former Reagan administration official[24]

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 [27]until Sheehy's resignation in Feb. 2012, causing a "deeply disappointed" Heineman to withdraw his support for his former second-in-command's campaign.[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: A few weeks after Sheehy's resignation and subsequent withdrawal from the race, state Sen. Charlie Janssen declared his candidacy. Although he is a member of the non-partisan of the Nebraska Legislature, Janssen is running for governor on the Republican ticket.[30]

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  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," accessed July 21, 2013
  6. Wichita Eagle, "Pete Ricketts joins GOP race for Nebraska governor," accessed September 8, 2013 (dead link)
  7. The Freemont Tribune, "Hasseback will enter 2014 governor's race," accessed June 3, 2013
  8. Nebraska Secretary of State, "2014 Filed Candidates," accessed February 19, 2014
  9. Journal Star, "Walton: Speaker Adams looks at governor race," accessed September 1, 2013
  10. Omaha World-Herald, "State Sen. Charlie Janssen to run for governor; Clare won't run," accessed February 18, 2013
  11. Nebraska Watchdog, "Janssen 'seriously considering' run for governor," accessed December 13, 2012
  12. Omaha World-Herald, "Mike Flood drops bid for governor; wife ill," accessed December 6, 2012
  13. Lincoln Journal Star, "Don Walton: Flood won't re-enter governor's race," accessed July 7, 2013
  14. Omaha World-Herald, "Sheehy's gubernatorial campaign shutting down," accessed February 5, 2013
  15. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," accessed November 13, 2012
  16. News & Observer, "Nebraska Treasurer Stenberg to seek re-election," accessed December 5, 2013
  17. Omaha, "Democrat Annette Dubas' bid for governor stirs excitement about the race in both parties," accessed August 9, 2013
  18. The Grand Island Independent, "Dubas drops out of Nebraska governor’s race," accessed November 26, 2013
  19. Fox 14 News, "State Sen. Carlson joins race for Neb. governor," accessed July 12, 2013 (dead link)
  20. Centre Daily Times, "Republican Beau McCoy to enter governor's race," accessed August 23, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 Omaha World-Herald, "Potential candidates jockey for office vacated by Sheehy," accessed February 2, 2013
  22. Journal Star, "Sen. Beau McCoy enters GOP governor race," accessed August 23, 2013
  23. Omaha, "Nebraska AG Jon Bruning Confirms Interest in Gubernatorial Bid," accessed January 30, 2014
  24. NTV, "Bryan Slone Enters Nebraska Governor's Race," accessed December 17, 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