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
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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]


Lost in Primary


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Incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman is barred by term limits from seeking re-election in 2014.[23][24]. 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[25]until Sheehy's resignation in Feb. 2012, causing a "deeply disappointed" Heineman to withdraw his support for his former second-in-command's campaign.[26] Days later, campaign donors reportedly began receiving refund checks in the mail, the final death knell for Sheehy’s foregone gubernatorial ambitions.[27]

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 nonpartisan of the Nebraska Legislature, Janssen is running for governor on the Republican ticket.[28]

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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. The Freemont Tribune, "Hasseback will enter 2014 governor's race," June 3, 2013
  4. Nebraska Secretary of State, 2014 Filed Candidates, accessed February 19, 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. Fox 14 News, "State Sen. Carlson joins race for Neb. governor," July 12, 2013
  8. Centre Daily Times, Republican Beau McCoy to enter governor's race, August 23, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Omaha World-Herald, "Potential candidates jockey for office vacated by Sheehy," February 2, 2013
  10. Journal Star, Sen. Beau McCoy enters GOP governor race, August 23, 2013
  11. Omaha, Nebraska AG Jon Bruning Confirms Interest in Gubernatorial Bid, January 30, 2014
  12. NTV, "Bryan Slone Enters Nebraska Governor's Race," December 17, 2013
  13. Journal Star, Walton: Speaker Adams looks at governor race, September 1, 2013
  14. Omaha World-Herald, "State Sen. Charlie Janssen to run for governor; Clare won't run," February 18, 2013
  15. Nebraska Watchdog, "Janssen 'seriously considering' run for governor," December 13, 2012
  16. Omaha World-Herald, "Mike Flood drops bid for governor; wife ill," December 6, 2012
  17. Lincoln Journal Star, "Don Walton: Flood won't re-enter governor's race," July 7, 2013
  18. Omaha World-Herlad, "Sheehy's gubernatorial campaign shutting down," February 5, 2013
  19. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  20. News & Observer, "Nebraska Treasurer Stenberg to seek re-election," December 5, 2013
  21. Omaha, Democrat Annette Dubas' bid for governor stirs excitement about the race in both parties, August 9, 2013
  22. The Grand Island Independent, "Dubas drops out of Nebraska governor’s race," November 26, 2013
  23. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  24. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  25. Journal Star, "Sheehy says he will run for Nebraska governor in 2014," July 15, 2011
  26. The Wall Street Journal, “Nebraska lt. governor resigns,” February 2, 2013
  27. Omaha World-Herald, “Sheehy’s campaign returns donations,” February 6, 2013
  28. National Review Online, "Charlie Janssen to run for Nebraska governor, February 19, 2013