2022 Nebraska primaries
Nebraska’s governor’s race is the most contested election in the state this year. Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) is term-limited and both parties are hosting contested primaries. The winner of the Republican primary is likely to be favored in November – President Donald Trump won Nebraska by 19 points in 2020.
The Republican primary will be another test of Trump’s influence in Nebraska. Trump-endorsed businessman Charles Herbster, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, faces a long list of challengers, including University of Nebraska’s Board of Regents member Jim Pillen, who was endorsed by Ricketts. On the Democratic side, state Sen. Carol Blood has just one challenger, Roy Harris.
Pillen is projected to win. An estimated 97 percent of votes have been counted.
|Jim Pillen Pillen||91,152||33.9%|
|Charles Herbster Herbster||80,369||29.9%|
|Brett Lindstrom Lindstrom||70,166||26.1%|
|Theresa Thibodeau Thibodeau||16,354||6.1%|
|Breland Ridenour Ridenour||4,666||1.7%|
|Michael Connely Connely||2,818||1.0%|
|Donna Carpenter Carpenter||1,529||0.6%|
|Lela McNinch McNinch||1,188||0.4%|
|Troy Wentz Wentz||707||0.3%|
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|An estimated 97% of votes have been counted.|
Blood is projected to win. An estimated 98 percent of votes have been counted.
|Carol Blood Blood||88,189||88.7%|
|Roy Harris Harris||11,191||11.3%|
|An estimated 98% of votes have been counted.|
U.S. House Districts
All three of Nebraska’s congressional districts have contested primaries on both sides. In the state’s 1st District, voters will choose a replacement for former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R), who resigned in March after being found guilty of lying to the FBI. Fortenberry’s resignation came after the withdrawal deadline, so he remains on the ballot.