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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Sasse, Ricketts, Peterson win hotly contested Nebraska Republican Primary races

  • When it came to the major races in yesterday’s Primary, Otoe County results mirrored the state outcome.
    Republican Ben Sasse will face Democrat Dave Domina for the U.S. Senate seat in the November election.
    Republican Pete Ricketts will face Democrat Chuck Hassebrook and Libertarian Mark G. Elworth Jr. for Governor.
    Republican Doug Peterson will face Democrat Janet Stewart for the seat of Attorney General.
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    • Voter Turnout

      Statewide: 316,117 out of 1,152,180 registered voters, or 27.44 percent, voted.

      Otoe County: 2,718 of the county’s 10,372 registered voters cast ballots for a turnout of 26.21 p...

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      Voter Turnout

      Statewide: 316,117 out of 1,152,180 registered voters, or 27.44 percent, voted.

      Otoe County: 2,718 of the county’s 10,372 registered voters cast ballots for a turnout of 26.21 percent.

  • When it came to the major races in yesterday’s Primary, Otoe County results mirrored the state outcome.
    Republican Ben Sasse will face Democrat Dave Domina for the U.S. Senate seat in the November election.
    Republican Pete Ricketts will face Democrat Chuck Hassebrook and Libertarian Mark G. Elworth Jr. for Governor.
    Republican Doug Peterson will face Democrat Janet Stewart for the seat of Attorney General.
    Senate race:
    Ben Sasse won by an overwhelming majority in his bid for the Senate nomination, receiving 49.36 percent of Republican votes statewide and 50.05 percent in Otoe County.  Sid Dinsdale was a distant second with 22.39 percent statewide and 19.34 percent in Otoe County with Shane Osborn close behind him with 21.06 and 19.75 percent. Bart McLeay had 5.71 percent and 9.75 percent while Clifton Johnson had 1.48 percent and 1.11 percent.
    Democrat Dave Domina beat Larry Marvin with 67.47 percent of votes statewide and 79.32 percent in Otoe County.
    Governor race:
    In a close battle to the end, Pete Ricketts defeated Jon Bruning for the Republican bid for the governor’s seat with 26.48 percent and 25.49 percent statewide. Ricketts, originally from Nebraska City, had a stronger showing in Otoe County with 31.28 percent of the county vote to Bruning’s 24.67 percent. Beau McCoy and Mike Foley had strong showings with 20.94 percent and 19.22 percent of votes statewide and 20.89 percent and 19.73 percent in Otoe County, respectively. Rounding out the candidates were Tom Carlson, 4.13 percent and 1.82 percent, and Bryan Slone, 3.74 percent and 1.61 percent.
    Chuck Hassebrook was unopposed for the Democratic nomination and Mark G. Elworth Jr. was unopposed for the Libertarian vote.
    Attorney General race
    Doug Peterson won the Republican nomination for Attorney General with 35.68 percent of votes statewide and 40.22 percent in Otoe County. Brian Buescher received 25.52 percent statewide, Mike Hilgers 22.88 percent and Pete Pirsch 15.92 percent. In Otoe County, the results were similar with Buescher at 25.56 percent, Hilgers at 22.08 percent and Pirsch at 12.13 percent.
    Democrat Janet Stewart defeated Allan J. Eurek by a large margin, 72.28 percent to 27.72 percent statewide to win her party’s nomination.
    In other state races:
    Republican Jeff Fortenberry won an easy bid to repeat as the Republican candidate for Congress - District 1 and will face Democrat Dennis P. Crawford, who was not opposed for his party’s nomination.
    Don Stenberg got 84.99 percent of Republican votes to defeat Christopher Costello for the Republican nomination for State Treasurer. He will face Democrat Michael J. O’Hara. For State Auditor, Republican Charlie Janssen received 56.65 percent of his party’s votes to defeat Larry Anderson and will face Democrat Amanda McGill in the General Election.
    Secretary of State candidates, in an uncontested race, will be Republican John A. Gale and Libertarian Ben Backus.
    Page 2 of 2 - Nebraska Legislature
    Bill Kintner and Ron Nolte will advance in the nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature District 2 race. Kintner was supported by a large margin, receiving 44.38 percent of votes in his district and 54.43 in Otoe County. Nolte edged out Mel Luetchens, 29.06 percent to 26.57 percent in the district and 23.70 percent to 21.88 percent in Otoe County.
    Southeast Community College Board of Governors District 2
    Donald Reiman and Milan Tomek will advance to the General Election for the Southeast Community College Board of Governors District 2 seat. They defeated Nebraska City resident Tim Pendrell and Ed Heiden. Pendrell was the highest vote-getter in Otoe County.
    State Board of Education District 5
    Patricia Timm of Beatrice received 59.80 percent of votes as opposed to Christine Lade’s 40.20 percent for State Board of Education District 5. Lade, who is from Tecumseh, won Otoe County with 54.72 percent to Timm’s 45.28 percent.
    Board of Regents District 5
    Advancing to the General Election for Board of Regents District 5 are Steve Glenn and Rob Schafer, who received 41.21 percent and 35.57 percent of the district’s vote, respectively. Robert J. Prokop was eliminated from the race with 23.22 percent of the district vote. In Otoe County, the results were similar with candidates getting 41.80 percent, 37.51 percent and 20.69 percent respectively.

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