Nebraska Primary Sets Up Showdown for Governor

May 16, 2018

Nebraska voters set up a November gubernatorial showdown between Gov. Pete Ricketts and State Sen. Bob Krist as both candidates cruised to wins in Tuesday’s primary election.

Ricketts, the Republican incumbent, enjoys considerable advantages heading into the Nov. 6 general election, including better name recognition and more money in his campaign coffer. That helps explain why Ricketts never mentioned his Democratic opponent during a victory speech at the Belvedere Club in Papillion.

And it points to why Krist used his address at the North Shore Tavern in Omaha to take shots at the governor, something he did frequently from the floor of the Legislature.

*CORRECTION: A previous version of this mistakenly attributed the results of a U.S. Senate race in Nebraska to the state's gubernatorial race.

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