2018 Nebraska gubernatorial election

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Nebraska gubernatorial election, 2018

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  Pete Ricketts by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg Bob Krist photo.jpg
Nominee Pete Ricketts Bob Krist
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Mike Foley Lynne Walz
Popular vote 411,812 286,169
Percentage 59.0% 41.0%

Nebraska Governor Election Results by County, 2018.svg
County results

Ricketts:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      90-100%

Krist:      50–60%

Governor before election

Pete Ricketts
Republican

Elected Governor

Pete Ricketts
Republican

The 2018 Nebraska gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of Nebraska, concurrently with the election of Nebraska's Class I U.S. Senate seat, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various Nebraska and local elections. Incumbent Republican Governor Pete Ricketts won re-election to a second term.[1]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Pete Ricketts

Results[edit]

Results by county:
  Ricketts—>90%
  Ricketts—80–90%
  Ricketts—70–80%
  Ricketts—60–70%
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Ricketts (incumbent) 138,292 81.42
Republican Krystal Gabel 31,568 18.58
Total votes 169,860 100.00

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Vanessa Gayle Ward, activist[11]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Bob Krist
State legislators
Mayors
Federal Level Politicians

Results[edit]

Results by county:
  Krist—70–80%
  Krist—60–70%
  Krist—50–60%
  Krist—40–50%
  Krist—<40%
  Tie
  Ward—40–50%
  Ward—50–60%
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Krist 54,992 59.81
Democratic Vanessa Gayle Ward 26,478 28.80
Democratic Tyler Davis 10,472 11.39
Total votes 91,942 100.00

Independents[edit]

State Senator Bob Krist announced in September 2017 he left the Republican Party in order to mount a third party challenge against Governor Ricketts.[7] Krist planned to create a new party in order to run, which will require submitting 5,000 signatures to qualify the party for the ballot.[7] However, in February 2018 he abandoned the independent candidacy and became a Democrat.

Candidates[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

General election[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[17] Solid R August 7, 2017
The Washington Post[18] Safe R October 16, 2018
FiveThirtyEight[19] Solid R October 17, 2018
Rothenberg Political Report[20] Solid R November 10, 2017
Sabato's Crystal Ball[21] Safe R November 14, 2017
RealClearPolitics[22] Safe R October 9, 2018
Daily Kos[23] Safe R May 31, 2018
Fox News[24][a] Likely R October 9, 2018
Politico[25] Solid R October 9, 2018
Governing[26] Safe R October 2, 2018
Notes
  1. ^ The Fox News Midterm Power Rankings uniquely does not contain a category for Safe/Solid races

Debates[edit]

Host
network/sponsors
Date Link(s) Participants
Bob
Krist (D)
Pete
Ricketts (R)
KMTV-TV August 30, 2018 [27] Invited Invited

Results[edit]

Nebraska gubernatorial election, 2018[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Pete Ricketts (incumbent) 411,812 59.00% +1.79%
Democratic Bob Krist 286,169 41.00% +1.73%
Total votes 687,901 100.0% N/A
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walton, Don (April 21, 2016). "Ricketts ties conservative goals to two terms". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Omaha writer, marijuana advocate announces bid for governor as Republican". Lincoln Journal Star. July 22, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Kirkley, Sara (August 28, 2017). "Omaha writer says Nebraskans need options in governor's race". NTV News. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Walton, Don (June 4, 2017). "Ricketts embarks on re-election campaign, promises tax relief every year". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Duggan, Joe (June 29, 2017). "After Heineman says Mike Flood would make an 'outstanding governor,' ex-speaker says it's not his time". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Hammel, Paul (May 3, 2017). "State Sen. Bob Krist says he's thinking about challenging Pete Ricketts for governor in 2018". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d Konnath, Hailey (July 17, 2017). "Nebraska State Sen. Bob Krist to leave GOP, try to challenge Ricketts as third-party candidate". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Koeller, Austin (August 26, 2018). "Pete Ricketts receives NE Farm Bureau endorsement". Grand Island Independent.
  9. ^ "NRA Endorses Ricketts, Evnen, Murante for Top State Offices in Nebraska". NRA-ILA. April 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Jordan, Joe (October 26, 2017). "Democrats Short List for Governor Slowly Emerging". News Channel Nebraska. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Schulte, Grant (February 12, 2018). "Nebraska Governor hopeful joins Democratic Party". USNews. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  12. ^ Gaardner, Nancy (April 30, 2018). "State Sen. Lynne Walz chosen as Democrat Bob Krist's running mate". Omaha World Herald. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Walton, Don (July 2, 2017). "Good week for Ricketts in political terms". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  14. ^ Walton, Don (August 30, 2017). "Chuck Hassebrook seeks seat in Legislature". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  15. ^ Hammel, Paul (August 29, 2017). "Ex-State Sen. Steve Lathrop plans to run for his old seat, challenging incumbent Merv Riepe". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Roseann Moring. "Gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist switches to Democratic Party". Omaha World-Herald.
  17. ^ "2018 Governor Race ratings | The Cook Political Report". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  18. ^ "The Washington Post's gubernatorial race ratings". The Washington Post. October 16, 2018.
  19. ^ "2018 Governor Forecast | FiveThirtyEight". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "Gubernatorial Ratings | Inside Elections". insideelections.com. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  21. ^ "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 2018 Governor". www.centerforpolitics.org. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  22. ^ "2018 Governor Races". RealClearPolitics. October 9, 2018.
  23. ^ "Daily Kos Elections 2018 race ratings". Daily Kos. June 5, 2018.
  24. ^ "2018 Midterm Power Ranking". Fox News.
  25. ^ "Politico Predicts". Politico.
  26. ^ "2018 Governor Elections: As November Nears, More Governors' Races Become Tossups". www.governing.com. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  27. ^ https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/election-2018-gov-pete-ricketts-and-state-sen-bob-krist-debate-at-nebraska-state-fair
  28. ^ "Official Results: General Election – November 6, 2018". Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites