Ricketts Wins GOP Race for Nebraska Governor

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Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts has won the Republican nomination for Nebraska governor, beating five other candidates vying to replace Gov. Dave Heineman.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning conceded the Republican primary race late Tuesday.

In a concession speech Tuesday night, Bruning thanked supporters and told them, "I'm going to support Pete Ricketts tomorrow. I'm not going to take my ball and go home."

Bruning conceded the race despite trailing Ricketts by less than 1,500 votes.

The path for both candidates has turned rocky in recent weeks, with Bruning and former Ricketts sparring over their experience and accusing each other of running negative campaigns.

Ricketts is expected to be a heavy favorite in the November general election.

Ricketts now faces Democrat Chuck Hassebrook in November. Hassebrook, a former University of Nebraska regent, headed the Center for Rural Affairs before resigning to run for governor.