Some points to note…
Attention Walmart Shoppers!
Donald Trump wins Dodge County (County Seat: Fremont), Ben Sasse’s home county, with 65% of the vote. In comparison, he took 61% in Douglas (Omaha) and 47% in Lancaster (Lincoln).
Must not have been many Walmart shoppers who made it to the polls…
Class act in #NE02
Don Bacon took 71% in his home county of Sarpy, and 65% in Douglas . And note Chip Maxwell was a Douglas County Commissioner.
Republican voters clearly saw through the DCCC’s attempt to the influence the election. For what it’s worth, that is $460,000 less that the Democrats now have to spend in the General.
And late in the evening, after the race was called, Chip Maxwell made a trip to the Don Bacon HQ to congratulate General Bacon on his win in person.
A VERY classy move by Chip (and if you don’t think that’s difficult to do, you’ve never been involved in an election).
Linehan takes 39
Lou Ann Linehan emerged victorious from the ad-to-ad combat between her and Pat Borchers, taking 37% of the vote in District 39. Unfortunately for Borchers, that battle let Democrat Bill Armbrust slip by him with the narrow margin of 61 votes. And now Armbrust will face Linehan in the General.
Borchers went negative on Linehan and she fired right back — each with back to back radio ads, one negative and one positive on local stations. Did her claim that Borchers was “lying” make the difference? At least for 7% of the voters, it may have.
Tough loss for a quality candidate and person, in Pat Borchers. We likely haven’t seen the last of him.
Fox falls in South O
Republican incumbent Nicole Fox also lost her race in South O’s District 7 by the smallest of small margins — TEN votes! — with Democrat John Synowiecki making it to the General. But his victory was dwarfed by the much stronger showing (44% to 28%) for Democrat Tony Vargas.
With the two Dems now in the race, Governor Pete Ricketts’ first appointment goes down. Some will probably question Fox’s opposition to the DREAMers licensing — though those around her insist that many in her district supported her position. She would have had a tough race in the General in any case.
(NOTE: They still have to count provisional ballots; normally that wouldn’t be much solace, but in a race this close, you never know.)
Ricketts lowers the boom
Governor Ricketts endorsed incumbent Judiciary Chairman Les Seiler’s opponent, Steve Halloran in Hastings’ District 33. Seiler had opposed Ricketts on the Death Penalty as well as licenses for DREAMers.
Ricketts campaigned for Halloran, and Halloran hammered Seiler on Tuesday 62-37%.
They will meet again in November.
Bringing it in Millard
Big win for newcomer Ian Swanson over Democrat incumbent Rick Kolowski in Millard’s District 31. The margin of victory was substantial (49-40%), but there is probably an argument that Democrats didn’t show up for the races, as they will in the General.
Nonetheless, an impressive win for a complete newcomer against an established incumbent and well-known local school principal. But a Democrat voting like a Democrat in West Omaha will do that to you.
Retired Colonel Tom Brewer took it to incumbent State Senator Al Davis in the big District 43.
Brewer clobbered Davis 54-45%, and the two will go at it again in November. But it doesn’t bode well for Davis.
Brewer unsuccessfully challenged Congressman Adrian Smith in the GOP primary in 2014. He obviously took what he learned in that race and applied it in Nebraska’s largest district in north -central and eastern Nebraska — U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s old district.
And the list incumbent Senators who did NOT end up at the top of their Primaries:
Dist 7 Nicole Fox
Dist 23 Jerry Johnson
Dist 31 Rick Kolowski
Dist 33 Les Seiler
Dist 43 Al Davis
Dist 45 Sue Crawford
KFAB Scott Voorhees Show!
At 9:00am on this Wednesday morning, I will be a guest on KFAB’s Scott Voorhees Show (where it’s ALWAYS a Good Morning) to talk about all of this, as well as my magnificent recipe for scones. (Oh wait, that’s later on Kelly & Michael.)
Because THAT is how you stay up to date on the talk of Nebraska politics.