Pillen wins Republican nomination for governor in Nebraska primary election

Pillen beat out eight other Republicans to secure the nomination and advance to the November General Election.
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 12:44 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 7:01 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska hog farm owner and veterinarian Jim Pillen has won the state’s crowded Republican primary race for governor, overcoming another conservative endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Pillen defeated the Trump-backed Charles Herbster, an agribusinessman with strong ties to the former president. He also beat state Sen. Brett Lindstrom, an Omaha financial adviser who emerged as a strong contender late in the contest and was generally viewed as a more moderate choice.

Pillen was endorsed by many top GOP leaders in the state, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, former Gov. Kay Orr, and renowned former University of Nebraska football coach and congressman Tom Osborne.

Pillen will face Democrat Carol Blood in the General Election in November.

Watch Jim Pillen's full speech.
Charles Herbster called Jim Pillen and conceded the race for governor.
State Sen. Brett Lindstrom's concession speech during the 2022 Nebraska Primary Election.

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