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NEBRASKA

nebraskaPopulation: 1,896,190 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 1, 2016.

Primary: May 10, 2016.

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Nebraska (R+12) is a conservative state. It is 85% White, 4% Black and 7% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 5. Nebraska is solidly Republican in Presidential elections. Nebraska and Maine are the only two states to award Electors according to Congressional district.

Senators: 2 Republicans.

Deb Fischer. (Pic: Congress)

Deb Fischer. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Deb Fischer (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Commerce, Environment, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Deb Fischer

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Farmer and State Senator Deb Fischer (b.1951) beat former Governor and US Senator Bob Kerrey with 58% in 2012.

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Ben Sasse. (Pic: Congress)

Ben Sasse. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Ben Sasse (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Financial Services, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeBen Sasse

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 18, 2016: Businessman and University President Ben Sasse (b.1972) was elected in 2014 with 64%.

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Representative: 3 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 2 Republicans.

Jeff Fortenberry. (Pic: Congress)

Jeff Fortenberry. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Jeff Fortenberry (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeDaniel Wik
Republican nominee: Jeff For­ten­berry

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+10) covers the eastern parts of the state, including Lincoln, but excepting Omaha, which it surrounds. It is 88% White. Economist Jeff Fortenberry (b.1960) was first elected in 2004 and took 69% in 2014. The Dems are running physician Daniel Wik.

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Brad Ashford. (Pic: Congress)

Brad Ashford. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Brad Ashford (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Forces.

Democratic nomineeBrad Ashford
Republican nomineeDon Bacon

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+4) includes Omaha and most of its suburbs and is 78% White, 9% Black and 6% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Brad Ashford (b.1949) defeated a Republican incumbent with 49% in 2014 and will struggle with winning re-election. The GOP nominated former Air Force Brigadier General Don Bacon.

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Adrian Smith. (Pic: Congress)

Adrian Smith. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Adrian Smith (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Adrian Smith

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+23) contains the rest of Nebraska and is 90% White. Businessman and State Senator Adrian Smith (b.1970) was first elected in 2006 and took 75% in 2014.

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STATE LEVEL

Pete Ricketts. (Pic: State of NE)

Pete Ricketts. (Pic: State of NE)

Governor: Pete Ricketts (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineePete Ricketts

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Businessman Pete Ricketts (b.1964) lost an election for the US Senate in 2006, but made a comeback by holding the state for the GOP in 2014, with 57%.

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Mike Foley. (Pic: State of NE)

Mike Foley. (Pic: State of NE)

Lieutenant Governor: Mike Foley (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Foley

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket. Businessman and State Senator Mike Foley (b.1954) served two terms as State Auditor before losing the 2014 GOP gubernatorial primary. He was subsequently chosen to be Pickett’s LG candidate.

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John Gale. (Pic: State of NE)

John Gale. (Pic: State of NE)

Secretary of State: John Gale (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Gale

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer John Gale (b.1940) was first appointed in 2000. He won 75% in 2014.

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Don Stenberg. (Pic: State of NE)

Don Stenberg. (Pic: State of NE)

Treasurer­: Don Sten­berg (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Don Sten­berg

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer Don Sten­berg (b.1948) was State AG from 1991 to 2003 and tried four times for the US Senate, without success. He was elected Treasurer in 2010 and took 68% in 2014.

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Charlie Janssen. (Pic: State of NE)

Charlie Janssen. (Pic: State of NE)

Auditor: Charlie Janssen (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeCharlie Janssen

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
State Senator, veteran and businessman Charlie Janssen (b.1971) won 59% in 2014.

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Doug Peterson. (Pic: State of NE)

Doug Peterson. (Pic: State of NE)

Attorney General­: Doug Peterson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeDoug Peterson

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer Doug Peterson (b.1959) took 59% in 2014.

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State Senate 49 (15D/ 33R / 1I). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
The Nebraska State Senate is the only unicameral legislature in the nation. Formally, it is non-partisan. In reality, almost all Senators align with a party.

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