Last updated: May 13, 2022 at 3:23 p.m. ET

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.

Republican primary

Republican primary

Pillen is projected to win. An estimated 97 percent of votes have been counted.

Votes received and percentages of total vote
Jim Pillen Pillen 91,15233.9%
Charles Herbster Herbster 80,36929.9
Brett Lindstrom Lindstrom 70,16626.1
Theresa Thibodeau Thibodeau 16,3546.1
Breland Ridenour Ridenour 4,6661.7
Michael Connely Connely 2,8181.0
Donna Carpenter Carpenter 1,5290.6
Lela McNinch McNinch 1,1880.4
Troy Wentz Wentz 7070.3
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An estimated 97% of votes have been counted.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary

Blood is projected to win. An estimated 98 percent of votes have been counted.

Votes received and percentages of total vote
Carol Blood Blood 88,18988.7%
Roy Harris Harris 11,19111.3
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.

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The Post estimated the lean of 2022 congressional districts using 2020 presidential results by precinct from Decision Desk HQ and estimates where actual votes at the precinct level were unavailable. Districts classified as ‘Strong Biden’ and ‘Strong Trump’ show where a candidate is estimated to have won by 15 percentage points or more. ‘Lean Biden’ and ‘Lean Trump’ districts had estimated vote margins between five and 15 points. ‘Close’ districts show an estimated margin within five points.

By: Lenny Bronner, Holden Foreman, Dylan Freedman, Chloe Langston, Emily Liu, Brittany Renee Mayes, Anthony Pesce, Erik Reyna and Ashlyn Still

Source: Associated Press