U.S. Senate (open race for Mike Johanns-R retiring seat)
Ben Sasse (R): 59%
Dave Domina (D): 30%
This race was decided in the GOP primary — which newcomer Ben Sasse won handily in a tough race. Sasse is a 42 year old President of a small Nebraska college. He has degrees from Yale and Harvard, worked in the Bush administration, and was a Chief of Staff in Congress. He is wiedly regarded as extremely bright and an expert on ObamaCare. Many expect him to be a thoughtful conservative — but less of the Ted Cruz firebrand type.
Nebraska Governor (open race for Dave Heineman-R term limited office)
Pete Ricketts (R): 55%
Chuck Hassebrook (D): 35%
Another hotly contested GOP primary where Ricketts won in a very close race, endorsed by Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz. Ricketts is the 50 year old son of billionaire Joe Ricketts of TD Ameritrade where Pete has been an executive. A University of Chicago graduate with an MBA from there, he lost the 2006 Senate race to Ben Nelson, but stayed involved in Nebraska politics during that time — though has still never held elective office.
Congress – 2nd District (Omaha area) (incumbent Lee Terry – R)
Brad Ashford (D): 46%
Lee Terry (R): 41%
Most local politicos consider this race to be closer than 5%. Terry is the 16 year incumbent, who has had many close races in his district over the past six years. The 2nd District in otherwise Red Nebraska went for Barack Obama in 2008, and Terry has had to lean on other Republican strongholds in the district to fight off Omaha area Democrats.
His opponent is a 64 year state Senator with a long history in and running for various offices as a Republican, Independent and now as a Democrat. He arrived in the perfect storm in this cycle when another Democrat dropped out of the race, Terry made national headlines for a foot-in-mouth statement during the government shutdown, and local Democrats built up a strong GOTV effort around raising the state minimum wage. Terry also ran a surprising difficult race against a Primary opponent, which left him shoring up his Republican base during much of the race.
Republican insiders still think Terry can pull it off, using up his ninth political life. However, Democrats are confident in this race — and their candidate has been nearly silent over the past weeks, sitting on a presumed lead and afraid to make any gaffes. Many think their early voting leads from the minimum wage ballot effort mean that the cat is already dead in the road.
Pollsters see Terry’s Favorable/Unfavorable rating of 34/54 for Terry in the most recent poll as very, very bad news for him. Early returns with the early vote totals could be the coffin nail in this race.
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