The Green Papers: Nebraska 2014 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 13 May 2014
✓ General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Tuesday 18 February 2014 - Filing Deadline - Primary (Incumbents).
Monday 3 March 2014 - Filing Deadline - Primary (non-incumbents).
Tuesday 13 May 2014 - Primary. Polling hours 8:00a CDT (1300 UTC) / 7:00a MDT (1300 UTC) to 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC) / 7:00p MDT (0100 UTC). The polls open and close at the same GMT/UTC time, that is, polls open and close at a particular local time in the advanced time zone and open and close one hour earlier local time in the lagging time zone.
Tuesday 2 September 2014 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 4 November 2014 - General Election. Polling hours 8:00a CST (1400 UTC) / 7:00a MST (1400 UTC) to 8:00p CST (0200 UTC) / 7:00p MST (0200 UTC). The polls open and close at the same GMT/UTC time, that is, polls open and close at a particular local time in the advanced time zone and open and close one hour earlier local time in the lagging time zone.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:1,831,825 (0.59% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:5(0.93% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:3(0.69% of 435)
Capital:Lincoln
 

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Nebraska State and Local Government

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2014 Elections from the Nebraska Secretary of State. General Election certified 11 December 2014.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 113th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Republican Senator Debra S. "Deb" Fischer
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Senator Debra S. "Deb" Fischer
FEC S2NE00094

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Senator Michael O. "Mike" Johanns
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Open Seat - 18 February 2013: "We would like to share with you a decision we have made ... We have decided not to seek re-election."
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 347,636 64.34% Benjamin E. "Ben" Sasse
FEC S4NE00090; 24 Nov 14; Tot $6,572,575; Dsb $5,779,013
  Candidate Democratic 170,127 31.49% David A. "Dave" Domina
FEC S4NE00140; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,205,828; Dsb $1,194,230
  Candidate By Petition 15,868 2.94% James Jeffrey "Jim" Jenkins
FEC S4NE00124; 24 Nov 14; Tot $512,957; Dsb $521,347
  Candidate By Petition 6,260 1.16% Todd F. Watson
FEC S4NE00157; 26 Nov 14; Tot $170,979; Dsb $170,980
  Candidate Scattering 446 0.08% Write-Ins
Total 540,337 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for regular election
Open
Republican Governor Dave Heineman
Succeeded to the Governor's Chair upon the 21 January 2005 resignation of Governor Mike Johanns; first elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 308,751 57.15% J. Peter "Pete" Ricketts
for Lieutenant Governor: Auditor Mike Foley.
9 September 2014: Lieutenant Governor Heidemann, amid allegations that he manhandled his sister, announced that he was dropping off the ticket. The Secretary of State will issue a ruling on 10 September as to whether J. Peter "Pete" Ricketts can switch his running mate at this late date. Reports indicate the new running mate would be state Auditor Mike Foley.
10 September 2014: Secretary of State John Gale agreed to place Auditor Mike Foley on the general election ballot as Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor.
17 September 2014: Lancaster County District Judge Lori Maret dismisses a challenge and allows Mike Foley's name to appear on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor.
  Candidate Democratic 211,905 39.23% Charles H. "Chuck" Hassebrook
for Lieutenant Governor: Lancaster County Commissioner Jane Raybould
  Candidate Libertarian 19,001 3.52% Mark G. Elworth, Jr.
for Lieutenant Governor (tentative): Scott Zimmerman
  Candidate Scattering 545 0.10% Write-ins
  Candidate Write-in     Troy Wentz
Total 540,202 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014. Elected on a ticket with the Governor

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Lieutenant Governor John E. Nelson
Appointed: 29 September 2014 to fill the chair of Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann (Republican) who resigned on 9 September 2014.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Open Seat
  
Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy (Republican) was appointed to the Lieutenant Governor's chair on 24 January 2005 upon the accession of Lieutenant Governor Dave Heineman to the Governor's chair. As Lieutenant Governor, he was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.
On 2 February 2013, Mr. Sheehy resigned amidst questions that he made inappropriate telephone calls to women on state owned cell phones.
On 13 February 2013, Governor Dave Heineman named former state Senator Lavon Heidemann (Republican) as the new Lieutenant Governor. Mr. Heidemann was sworn shortly thereafter.
9 September 2014: Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann (Republican) resigned amid allegations that he manhandled his sister.
29 September 2014: Governor Dave Heineman announces his appointment of state Senator John E. Nelson (Republican) of Omaha to be the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. Lt. Governor John E. Nelson is sworn shortly thereafter.

113th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2014, 2016. No Term Limit. 113th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Renominated)

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2004
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 13 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 123,219 68.82% Congressman Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry
FEC H4NE01064; 24 Nov 14; Tot $777,249; Dsb $373,969
  Candidate Democratic 55,838 31.18% Dennis P. Crawford
FEC H4NE01163; 24 Nov 14; Tot $47,209; Dsb $44,690
Total 179,057 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Lee Terry
First elected: 1998
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 13 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Democratic 83,872 48.90% state Senator Brad Ashford
FEC H4NE02054; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,177,260; Dsb $1,139,923
  Candidate Republican 78,157 45.57% Congressman Lee Terry
FEC H8NE02139; 24 Nov 14; Tot $3,105,638; Dsb $3,062,073
  Candidate Libertarian 9,021 5.26% Steven C. Laird
FEC H8NE02204
  Candidate Scattering 459 0.27% Write-ins
Total 171,509 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Adrian M. Smith
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 13 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 139,440 75.39% Congressman Adrian M. Smith
FEC H6NE03115; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,031,583; Dsb $857,471
  Candidate Democratic 45,524 24.61% Roger Mark "Mark" Sullivan
FEC H2NE03023; 24 Nov 14; Tot $57,542; Dsb $53,972
Total 184,964 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State John A. Gale
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
Appointed 2000 (upon the resignation of Scott Moore); first elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 13 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 368,135 75.19% Secretary of State John A. Gale
  Candidate Libertarian 121,470 24.81% Ben Backus
Total 489,605 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Attorney General Jon C. Bruning
First elected: 1990, 1994, 1998; re-elected: 2002, 2006, 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Open Seat - 10 February 2014: Ran for but lost his party's nomination for Governor.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 339,846 66.06% Doug Peterson
  Candidate Democratic 174,614 33.94% Janet E. Stewart
Total 514,460 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer Don Stenberg
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 13 May 2014 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 357,474 68.14% Treasurer Don Stenberg
  Candidate Democratic 139,101 26.52% Michael J. O'Hara
  Candidate Libertarian 28,009 5.34% Michael Knebel
Total 524,584 100.00%  

Auditor of Public Accounts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Foley
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Open Seat - 13 May 2014: Ran for but lost his party's nomination for Governor in 2014.
10 September 2014: Named as the replacement Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican 294,688 59.07% state Senator Charlie Janssen
  Candidate Democratic 204,221 40.93% state Senator Amanda McGill
Total 498,909 100.00%  
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 8 candidates
  Republican: 11 incumbents, 10 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 4 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Marijuana
  Unity
  Whig
Independents
  By Petition: 2 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 3 candidates
  Write-in: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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