Nebraska 5/15 Primary: At a Glance


Nebraska has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, May 15. Here are some election facts and a few key races, with the names of the Democratic candidates and links to their campaign websites.

Nebraska has a closed primary for congressional races and a top-two primary for legislative races. Check here for Nebraska’s Voter ID requirements.

The State At A Glance
– 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
– All 3 House Representatives are up for re-election
– Nebraska went +25 for Trump in 2016
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
Governor (R)
State Senate/Unicameral 31 (R) – 16 (D) – 1 (I) – 1 (L)
Note: The Nebraska Legislature is nonpartisan; members’ party affiliations are for informational purposes only.

Key Races

Although the Nebraska gubernatorial race is generally considered to be safe for Republicans, there is an interesting twist to take note of. State senator Bob Krist, elected as a Republican, was going to challenge the sitting governor by becoming an Independent, but ultimately switched parties and became a Democrat.

Tyler Davis – campaign website
Bob Krist – campaign website
Vanessa Ward – campaign FB page

The Nebraska Senate seat is considered to be a Likely Republican (but not Solid Republican). Senator Fischer (R) is the incumbent. A couple of things to watch for during this race:  She voted to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, an issue for many voters; Steve Bannon has hinted he might try to get someone to primary her from the right. Democratic candidates without campaign websites: Chris Janicek, Larry Marvin, Frank Svoboda

Jane Raybould – campaign website

Nebraska’s 2nd district is very competitive, with candidates winning by only 1 or 2 points. This seat is considered to be a Toss-Up, and is on the target list for the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) as well as Swing Left. Some consider it a must-win for Democrats to take back the House.

Brad Ashford – campaign website
Kara Eastman – campaign website

The Democrats need to pick up 3 seats in the Senate to break the Republicans’ super-majority. Also, every candidate who is elected in 2018 will serve until 2022 which means they will participate in the redistricting process. Half of the seats in the Unicameral are up for re-election in 2018. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure what state district number you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Nebraska Elections 2018

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