Nebraska Resources

Population: 1,896,190 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 1, 2018.

Primary: May 15, 2018.

Nebraska (R+12) is a conservative state. It is 85% White, 4% Black and 7% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 5. Nebraska is solidly Republican in Presidential elections. Nebraska and Maine are the only two states to award Electors according to Congressional district.

Senators: 2 Republicans.

Deb Fischer

Senator class 1: Deb Fischer (R)
Committees: Armed Services, Commerce, Environment, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Deb Fischer

Rating, Jan 22, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Farmer and State Senator Deb Fischer (b.1951) beat former Governor and US Senator Bob Kerrey with 58% in 2012.

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Ben Sasse

Senator class 2: Ben Sasse (R)
Committees: Armed Services, Banking & Housing, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ben Sasse

Rating, Jan 22, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 18, 2016: Businessman and University President Ben Sasse (b.1972) was elected in 2014 with 64%.

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Representative: 3 Representatives; all Republicans.

Jeff Fortenberry

District 1
Representative: Jeff Fortenberry (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jeff For­ten­berry

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 22, 2017:
The district (R+10) covers the eastern parts of the state, including Lincoln, but excepting Omaha, which it surrounds. It is 88% White. Economist Jeff Fortenberry (b.1960) was first elected in 2004 and won 70% in 2016.

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Don Bacon

District 2
Representative: Don Bacon (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Services, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Don Bacon

Rating, June 17, 2016:
Tossup.

Status, Jan 22, 2017:
The district (R+4) includes Omaha and most of its suburbs and is 78% White, 9% Black and 6% Hispanic. The GOP won back this seat with former Air Force Brigadier General Don Bacon (b.1963), who won 49% in 2016.

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Adrian Smith

District 3
Representative: Adrian Smith (R)
Committees: Ways and Means, Administration.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Adrian Smith

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 22, 2017:
The district (R+23) contains the rest of Nebraska and is 90% White. Businessman and State Senator Adrian Smith (b.1970) was first elected in 2006 and had no opponents in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The first Thursday of January.

The Governor, LG and Treasurer of Nebraska are term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years. There are no term lmits for the other State Offices.

Pete Ricketts

Governor: Pete Ricketts (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Pete Ricketts

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Businessman Pete Ricketts (b.1964) lost an election for the US Senate in 2006, but made a comeback by holding the state for the GOP in 2014, with 57%.

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Mike Foley

Lieutenant Governor: Mike Foley (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Foley

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket. Businessman and State Senator Mike Foley (b.1954) served two terms as State Auditor before losing the 2014 GOP gubernatorial primary. He was subsequently chosen to be Pickett’s LG candidate.

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John Gale

Secretary of State: John Gale (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 22, 2017:
TBD.

Status, March 27, 2016:
Lawyer John Gale (b.1940) was first appointed in 2000. He won 75% in 2014, but is not running again in 2018.

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Don Stenberg

Treasurer­: Don Sten­berg (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Don Sten­berg

Rating, Jan 22, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer Don Sten­berg (b.1948) was State AG from 1991 to 2003 and tried four times for the US Senate, without success. He was elected Treasurer in 2010 and won 68% in 2014.

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Charlie Janssen

Auditor: Charlie Janssen (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Charlie Janssen

Rating, Jan 22, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 18, 2016:
State Senator, veteran and businessman Charlie Janssen (b.1971) won 59% in 2014.

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Doug Peterson

Attorney General­: Doug Peterson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Doug Peterson

Rating, Jan 22, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer Doug Peterson (b.1959) held the office for the GOP with 59% in 2014.

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State Senate 49 (15D/ 32R / 2I). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2018/2020.
The Nebraska State Senate is the only unicameral legislature in the nation. Formally, it is non-partisan. In reality, almost all Senators align with a party.

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