Voters Have Plenty of Choices in Nebraska Primary

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska voters are going to the polls for the primary election and making choices amid crowded races, especially in the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and governor.

Nebraska Republican voters will choose one of six party candidates for governor, including a former financial services executive and a longtime attorney general who have led the race to replace Gov. Dave Heineman.

The winner in Tuesday's election will emerge as a heavy favorite in the GOP race. But the path to the nomination has turned rocky in recent weeks, with Attorney General Jon Bruning and former TD Ameritrade executive Pete Ricketts sparring over their experience and accusing each other of running negative campaigns.

Voters like Priscilla Donovan acknowledged outside her polling place Tuesday in Lincoln that it was a difficult choice because of so many strong candidates. An important factor for her was recommendations from friends who have been following the campaigns more closely.

Donovan also says she favored candidates who "take the high road" in campaigning.

Joy Buettgenbach says one key reason she voted for Ben Sasse in the Republican Senate primary was because he met with her personally in her Lincoln home, and then followed up with a thank you card.

She says, "that personal contact is really important, because we feel so disengaged."

The other candidates are state Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, State Auditor Mike Foley, state Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha and Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone.

The winner will face Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, a former University of Nebraska regent.

10/11 will have live, up to the minute election results tonight. You can also follow the election on our mobile app.


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