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Nebraska: 2006 Elections
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Edited on Thu May-25-06 03:24 PM by Dave Sund


2006 Elections: Governor, US Senator, Other Statewide Offices, US House, State Senate, Ballot initiatives/Referendums

This page was edited by: Dave Sund, Eugene

State Politics At-A-Glance

Population (2000 Census): 1,711,263
Electoral Votes: 5*

:redbox: 2004 Presidential: Kerry (D) 33%, Bush (R) 66%
:redbox: 2000 Presidential: Gore (D) 33%, Bush (R) 62%, Nader (I) 3.5%
:redbox: 1996 Presidential: Clinton (D) 35%, Dole (R) 53.7%, Perot (I) 10.5%

:redbox: Governor: Dave Heineman (R) Elected: 2005** (Next Election: 2006)
:redbox: Senior US Senator: Chuck Hagel (R) Elected: 1996, 2002 (Next Election: 2008)
:bluebox: Junior US Senator: Ben Nelson (D) Elected: 2000 (Next Election: 2006)
:redbox: US House (3 seats): D-0, R-3
:redbox: State Legislature (49 seats): D-13, R-34, I-2***

* Nebraska's electoral votes are awarded by Congressional district, with 2 EV's awarded at large.
** Heineman succeeded Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns as governor.
*** Nebraska's unicameral is officially nonpartisan.
Election Information

Primary Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election: May 01, 2006
State/Local Primary Date: May 09, 2006

General Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline for General Election: October 27, 2006
General Election Date (all states): November 07, 2006

State Office in charge of Elections
Nebraska Secretary of State
Election Administration
Nebraska State Capitol, Ste 2300
Lincoln, NE, 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2555

State Democratic Party
Nebraska Democratic Party
633 S 9th St. Ste 201
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (800) 677-7068

State Republican Party
Nebraska Republican Party
1610 N St.
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 475-2122

Governor's Race 2006

David Hahn (D)
Publishing Executive & Attorney
Campaign Website:

Dave Heineman (R) Incumbent
Campaign Website:

Barry Richards (Nebraska)
Campaign Website: ?

US Senate Race 2006

Ben Nelson (D) Incumbent
US Senator
Campaign Website:

Pete Ricketts (R)
Former COO of Ameritrade
Campaign Website:

Other Statewide Races 2006

Lt. Governor (Run on the same ticket as Gubernatorial candidates)

Rick Sheehy (R) Incumbent
Lieutenant Governor

Secretary of State

Jay Stoddard (D)
Retired Businessman
Campaign Website: ?

John Gale (R), Incumbent
Secretary of State
Campaign Website:

State Auditor

Mike Foley (R)
State Senator & Registered Appraiser
Campaign Website: ?

Kelly Rosberg (Nebraska)
Campaign Website: ?

Attorney General

Jon Bruning (R) Incumbent
Attorney General
Campaign Website: ?

State Treasurer

Shane Osborn (R)
Financial Consultant
Campaign Website:

John Gathings (Nebraska)
Campaign Website: ?

US House of Representatives Races 2006

US House Districts: 3

Candidates, by Congressional District

Maxine Moul (D), Campaign Website:
Jeff Fortenberry (R), Incumbent, Campaign Website:

Jim Esch (D), Campaign Website:
Lee Terry (R), Incumbent, Campaign Website:

Scott Kleeb (D), Campaign Website:
Adrian Smith (R), Campaign Website:

State Senate Races 2006

State Senate Districts: 49

Seats at stake in 2006: 24

Democratic Open Seats: 6
Republican Open Seats: 14
Republican Incumbents: 4

Key Races: There are 20 open seats this year because of term limits. Nebraska has a unicameral -- one house -- legislature, and all candidates on the ballot are nonpartisan. Percentages listed are results from the primary election. Full election results can be found here

:redbox: District 2 Roger Wehrbein, Plattsmouth.
Jerry Bond 18%
Dave Pankonin 60%

:redbox: District 4 Kermit Brashear, Omaha.
Peter Pirsch 27%
Anthony Sorrentino 21%

:bluebox: District 6 Pam Brown, Omaha.
Lynne Anderson 32%
Campaign Website:
John Nelson 28%

:bluebox: District 8 Patrick Bourne, Omaha.
Tom White 30%
Campaign Website:
Marc Kraft 39%

:redbox: District 10 Mike Friend, Omaha.
Mike Friend incumbent 82%
Robert Wimberley 18%

:redbox: District 12 Pam Redfield, Omaha.
Jean Stothert 47%
Steve Lathrop 53%
Campaign Website:

:bluebox: District 14 Nancy Thompson, Papillion.
Tim Gay 77%
Ian Hartfield 23%
Campaign Website:

:bluebox: District 16 Matt Conneally, Decatur.
Kent Rogert 64%
Campaign Website:
Jeff Bush 36%

:redbox: District 18 Mick Mines, Blair.
Mick Mines incumbent 63%
Scott Yahnke 37%

:redbox: District 20 Jim Jensen, Omaha.
Carol Casey 43%
Brad Ashford 57%

:redbox: District 22 Arnie Stuthman, Platte Center.
Arnie Stuthman incumbent 100%

:redbox: District 24 Elaine Stuhr, Bradshaw.
Greg Adams 43%
Curt Friesen 38%

:redbox: District 26 Marian Price, Lincoln.
Amanda McGill 51%
Campaign Website:
Steve Guittar 41%

:bluebox: District 28 Chris Beutler, Lincoln.
Bill Avery 28%
Bob Swanson 34%

:redbox: District 30 Dennis Byars, Beatrice.
Tony Ojeda 30%
Norman Wallman 22%

:redbox: District 32 Jeanne Combs, Milligan.
Russ Karpisek 43%

Combs won the primary with 50% of the vote, but has decided to retire from the legislature. Karpisek is the only remaining candidate in the race - barring a petition or write-in campaign.

:redbox: District 34 Bob Kremer, Aurora.
Annette Dubas 41%
Campaign Website:
Greg Senkbile 36%

:redbox: District 36 Jim Cudaback, Riverdale.
Dick Pierce 41%
John Wightman 59%

:redbox: District 38 Ed Schrock, Elm Creek.
Tom Carlson 49%
Wayne Garrison 47%

:redbox: District 40 Doug Cunningham, Wausa.
Cap Dierks 68%
Tom Noecker 19%

:redbox: District 42 Don Pederson, North Platte.
Tom Hansen 42%
Mark Kaschke 31%

:redbox: District 44 Tom Baker, Trenton.
Mark Christensen 24%
Frank Shoemaker 21%
Campaign Website:

Shoemaker finished 5 votes ahead of Jeff Tidyman (I). A recount may change the order of finish.

:bluebox: District 46 David Landis, Lincoln.
Carol Brown 36%
Campaign Website:
Danielle Nantkes 36%
Campaign Website:

Brown finished 3 votes ahead of Nantkes.

:redbox: District 48 Adrian Smith, Scottsbluff.
John Harms 53%
George Schlothauer 34%

Ballot initiatives/Referendums

May 9, 2006 Primary

:graybox: Proposed Amendment No. 1
   A constitutional amendment to provide for an annual salary for members of the
   Legislature equal to twenty-one thousand dollars in 2007 and increased annually
   thereafter by the change in the prior calendar year in a consumer price index
   designated by law, not to exceed four percent.
   Full Text (pdf)

Defeated 55%-45%.

November 7, 2006 General Election

:graybox: School-Consolidation Referendum to repeal LB 126
   Repeal all of LB 126 enacted by the Legislature of Nebraska, 99th Legislature,
   First Session (which requires the reorganization of certain school districts).
   Full Text (at sponsor's website)
   Text of LB 126 (pdf)


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