In an exclusive to Leavenworth St., former State Treasurer and 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Shane Osborn has stated that he will not run for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat.
Osborn told Leavenworth St.:
This past year has been a great one. Stacie and I are enjoying raising our 4 kids and if that doesn’t keep us busy enough, I launched a new business in addition to my other two. I intend to concentrate my efforts there!
Osborn was expected by many to be an automatic leader in the race, with nearly 100% name ID and a fundraising base.
Instead the race is considered by many to be wide open — with retired General Don Bacon the only officially announced GOP candidate. Chip Maxwell said in 2014 that he would run in the 2016 race, but has not made any further announcements this year.
Other names that have been out mentioned to run are state Senator John Murante, former GOP House candidate Dan Frei, attorney and Douglas County GOP counsel Garth Glissman and possibly former state Senator Tim Gay.
With Osborn’s departure, many others could be tempted to jump in.
Democrat 2nd District Representative Brad Ashford has been lackluster at fundraising and has lost staff because of his apparent disinterest in the 2016 campaign. There have also been rumors that Ashford could be challenged from the left — with the name of current Hastings resident Scott Kleeb thrown around.
Congressional prognosticator Charles Cook has called the 2nd District race a toss-up.
We will keep you updated.