The Green Papers: Nebraska 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 12 May 2020
✓ General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Tuesday 18 February 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary (Incumbents).
Monday 2 March 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary (non-incumbents).
Tuesday 12 May 2020 - Primary. Polling hours 8:00a-8:00p CDT / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 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.
Monday 3 August 2020 - Filing Deadline - President.
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Friday 23 October 2020 - Filing Deadline - Write-in.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - General Election. Polling hours 8:00a-8:00p CST / 7:00a-7:00p MST (1400-0200 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

Nebraska 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


The primary is for the Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican parties.


2020 Elections from the Secretary of State.

12 May Primary Returns from an official source.
Returns from a media source.


General Election Statewide Candidate List from the Secretary of State.

3 November 2020 returns from the Secretary of State.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 5 (The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes statewide receives 2 electors. The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes in each of the 3 Congressional Districts receives that district's elector.), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2020
 Candidate list (3, 8 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 556,846 58.51% President Donald John Trump
for Vice President: Vice President Michael R. "Mike" Pence
(4 Electoral Votes)
FEC P80001571; 14 Oct 20; Tot $533,843,893; Dsb $509,522,430
  Candidate Democratic 374,583 39.36% former Vice President Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.
for Vice President: California Senator Kamala D. Harris
(1 Electoral Vote)
FEC P80000722; 14 Oct 20; Tot $952,239,370; Dsb $790,193,383
  Candidate Libertarian 20,283 2.13% Jo Jorgensen
for Vice President: Jeremy "Spike" Cohen
FEC P00013524; 14 Oct 20; Tot $2,944,057; Dsb $2,771,493
  Candidate Write-in; (Non Affiliated)     President R19 Boddie
for Vice President: Eric C. Stoneham
FEC P00017202
  Candidate Write-in; (American Solidarity)     Brian T. Carroll
for Vice President: Amar Patel
FEC P00013771
  Candidate Write-in; (Green)     Howie Gresham Hawkins
for Vice President: Angela Nichole Walker
FEC P00012211
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated)     Brock Jeffrey Pierce
for Vice President: Karla Marie Ballard
FEC P00016550
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Jade Simmons
for Vice President: Claudeliah J. Roze
FEC P00015537; 14 Oct 20; Tot $122,676; Dsb $70,278
  Candidate Write-in     Mary Ruth Caro Simmons
for Vice President: Sherrie Dow
  Candidate Write-in; (Non Affiliated)     Kasey J. Wells
for Vice President: Rachel M. Wells
FEC P00007864; 14 Oct 20; Tot $10,625; Dsb $10,578
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Kanye "Deez Nutz" West
for Vice President: Michelle Tidball
FEC P00016741
Total 951,712 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Republican Senator  Debra S. "Deb" Fischer
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2024

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  Benjamin E. "Ben" Sasse
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 583,507 67.39% Senator  Benjamin E. "Ben" Sasse
FEC S4NE00090; 14 Oct 20; Tot $4,320,393; Dsb $3,188,596
  Candidate Democratic 227,191 26.24% Chris Edward Janicek
FEC S8NE00216; 14 Oct 20; Tot $159,630; Dsb $141,424
  Candidate Libertarian 55,115 6.37% Eugene "Gene" Siadek
FEC S0NE00163
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic)     Preston Love
Total 865,813 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor  J. Peter "Pete" Ricketts
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At Term Limit
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Robert J. "Bob" Krist
  Candidate Republican     Charles W. Herbster

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket with the Governor

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Renominated)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2004
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 189,006 59.52% Member of Congress  Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry
FEC H4NE01064; 14 Oct 20; Tot $1,353,753; Dsb $2,212,947
  Candidate Democratic 119,622 37.67% state Senator  Kate Bolz
FEC H0NE01120; 14 Oct 20; Tot $1,019,809; Dsb $950,726
  Candidate Libertarian 8,938 2.81% Dennis B. Grace
FEC H0NE01146
Total 317,566 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Donald John "Don" Bacon
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 171,071 50.77% Member of Congress  Donald John "Don" Bacon
FEC H6NE02125; 14 Oct 20; Tot $3,436,522; Dsb $2,671,031
  Candidate Democratic 155,706 46.21% Kara Eastman
FEC H8NE02220; 14 Oct 20; Tot $3,679,215; Dsb $3,668,440
  Candidate Libertarian 10,185 3.02% Tyler Schaeffer
FEC H0NE02193
Total 336,962 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Adrian M. Smith
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 225,157 78.51% Member of Congress  Adrian M. Smith
FEC H6NE03115; 14 Oct 20; Tot $1,383,624; Dsb $999,247
  Candidate Democratic 50,690 17.68% Mark Elworth, Jr.
FEC H0NE03225; 30 Jun 20; Tot $109; Dsb $0
  Candidate Libertarian 10,923 3.81% Dustin C. Hobbs
FEC H0NE03258
Total 286,770 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Secretary of State  Bob Evnen
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Attorney General  Doug Peterson
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Treasurer  John Murante
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
Open Seat - At term limit
 

Candidates for State Treasurer shall meet the qualifications found in Article IV, section 3, of the Constitution of Nebraska. Such officers shall be elected on the partisan ballot.


Auditor of Public Accounts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Auditor of Public Accounts  Charlie Janssen
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 

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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 candidates
  Republican: 11 incumbents, 6 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 5 candidates
Other Third Parties
  American Solidarity: 1 candidate
  Justice Party
  Marijuana
  Unity
  Whig
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
  Non Affiliated: 2 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 9 candidates
 
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.

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.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Nebraska Constitution
Election Authority
  Nebraska Secretary of State
  Nebraska Secretary of State - Election Administration
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Nebraska Revised Statutes
  Nebraska Unicameral Legislature
Democratic
  Nebraska Democratic Party
Republican
  Nebraska Republican Party
Third Party
  Justice Party of Nebraska
  Libertarian Party of Nebraska
  Marijuana Party of Nebraska
  Nebraska Chapter of The Modern Whig Party
  Nebraska Green Party
  The Unity Party of Nebraska
Media & others
  Alliance Times-Herald
  Columbus Telegram
  Fremont Tribune
  Grand Island Independent
  Kearney Hub
  KETV - ABC - Omaha
  KMTV - CBS - Omaha
  Lexington Clipper-Herald
  Lincoln Journal Star
  McCook Daily Gazette
  Norfolk Daily News
  North Platte Telegraph
  Omaha World-Herald
  Politics1.com - Nebraska
  The Beatrice Daily Sun

 


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