Nebraska - Governor

as of September 2

The Candidates

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Dave Heineman

  • Republican (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: May 12, 1948
  • Residence: Lincoln, NE

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Mike Meister

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: January 17, 1961
  • Residence: Scottsbluff, NE

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Previous Results

    Nebraska Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Dave Heineman REP 435,507 73.4%
    David Hahn DEM 145,115 24.5%
    Barry Richards NEB 8,953 1.5%
    Mort Sullivan IND 3,782 0.6%

    U.S. President: Nebraska (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    John McCain REP 452,979 56.7%
    Barack Obama DEM 333,319 41.7%
    Ralph Nader PET 5,406 0.7%
    Chuck Baldwin NEB 2,972 0.4%
    Bob Barr LIB 2,740 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 1,028 0.1%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Sep 2, 2010

Heineman's A Safe Bet In Nebraska

Incumbent Dave Heineman (R), who became governor in 2005 when Gov. Mike Johanns became agriculture secretary in the Bush Cabinet, is seeking second full term.

Nebraska, like so many other states, has a serious budget deficit. But Heineman, who has been focusing on creating jobs and lowering taxes, remains highly popular. He probably will never face as tough an opponent as he did in the 2006 primary, when he upset Tom Osborne, the legendary former University of Nebraska football coach and a member of the House.

The Democrats' task was made even more difficult when their nominee, businessman Mark Lakers, dropped out of the race over questions regarding his campaign finance report. He was replaced by Mike Meister, a lawyer who ran for attorney general back in 2002. Assuming Heineman wins -- and that's a pretty safe bet -- he will be on course to serve 10 years in office, the longest in Nebraska gubernatorial history. -Ken Rudin

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