The World Herald is batting .000 in its endorsements so far this year, and such support is seen as the death knell for a campaign. So far this election season, the OWH has endorsed Tom Osborne, David Kramer and John Hanson in the major competitive primary races (none of whom you will find on your general election ballot).
The World Herald editorial board noted that Scott Kleeb, who until just this year had never voted in Nebraska, has never paid property taxes, and who apparently has never held a full time job for a full year, was a “real-life ranch hand” (golly!) and seems smart.
They opined that Smith, who works in real estate, owns a small business, has served four years on the Gering, Nebraska City Council and eight years in the State Legislature, and was nominated in the primary over the Mayor of Grand Island and Tom Osborne’s chief agriculture aide, can’t persuade, convince or lead.