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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Nebraska

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 13, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Ben Sasse Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Johanns Republican Party
Mike Johanns.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

Flag of Nebraska.png
Voters in Nebraska will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[3]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either April 25, 2014, by mail or carrier, or by May 2, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 17, 2014.[4]

See also: Nebraska elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mike Johanns (R). Johanns was first elected in 2008. He announced in February 2013 that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[5][6] He joins a growing list of U.S. Congress incumbents not running for re-election in 2014.


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Democratic Party Dave Domina[7]

Republican Party Ben Sasse-President of Midland University[8]

Republican Party Shane Osborn[9]

Republican Party Bart McLeay[10]

Republican Party Sid Dinsdale[11]

Republican Party Clifton Johnson[12]

Independent David Holcomb[13]

Independent Jim Jenkins[14]

Independent Todd Watson[15]



Republican primary

Possible Republican primary candidates
Poll Sid Dinsdale Ben SasseShane OsbornBart McLeayOther/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Conservative Intel/Harper Poll of Nebraska
February 5, 2014
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.


Republican candidate Ben Sasse has been endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth, Rep. Paul Ryan and Dick Armey, the former House Majority Leader and former chairman of FreedomWorks.[18].[19][20]

Republican candidate Shane Osborn has been endorsed by FreedomWorks.[19]

Election history


On November 6, 2012, Deb Fischer won election to the United States Senate. She defeated Bob Kerrey and Russell Anderson in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Fischer 57.8% 455,593
     Democratic Bob Kerrey 42.2% 332,979
Total Votes 788,572
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 4, 2008, Johanns was elected to the United States Senate. He defeated Scott Kleeb (D), Kelly Renee Rosberg (Nebraska) and Steve Larrick (Green).[21]

U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Johanns 57.5% 455,854
     Democratic Scott Kleeb 40.1% 317,456
     Nebraska Kelly Renee Rosberg 1.4% 11,438
     Green Steven R. Larrick 1% 7,763
Total Votes 792,511

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 Senate Race Ratings for August 22, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Nebraska Secretary of State Website, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. NY Times.com "Republican Senator From Nebraska Won’t Run in 2014" February 18, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 NBC News, "Johanns on Senate retirement: 'Time to close this chapter,'" February 18, 2013
  7. "Nebraska Watchdog," "Democrat enters Nebraska U.S. Senate race" January 21, 2014
  8. Watchdog.org, "Sasse jumping in Senate race", accessed August 19, 2013
  9. Journal Star "Shane Osborn launches Senate campaign," Accessed July 15, 2013
  10. Campaign website, "Homee", accessed February 5, 2014
  11. Campaign website, "Home", accessed February 5, 2014
  12. Campaign website, "Home", accessed December 11, 2013
  13. Candidate Website, "Intro", accessed January 14, 2014
  14. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 27, 2014
  15. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 27, 2014
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named rollcall
  17. Omaha World-Herald, "Dave Heineman weighs Senate bid," February 18, 2013
  18. Omaha.com, "Senate hopeful Ben Sasse picks up endorsement of ex-House Majority Leader Dick Armey", accessed November 15, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Watchdog.org, "FreedomWorks endorses Osborn for Senate", accessed November 13, 2013
  20. Roll Call, "Rep. Paul Ryan Gives Support to Ben Sasse in Nebraska Senate Race," accessed November 19, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013