Nebraska holds its presidential primary today with the drama squeezed out of it.
Still, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is campaigning to win the state.
A week ago, it appeared Nebraska might play a role in choosing the Republican nominee for president. Then, Indiana happened.
New York businessman Donald Trump easily defeated Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to win Indiana and effectively end the race. Cruz dropped out the next day. He had scheduled a campaign rally in Lincoln the day after the Indiana primary. He canceled it. Later, Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the race, leaving Trump with no one to challenge him in the GOP race.
Trump had scheduled a Friday afternoon campaign rally in Omaha. He stuck with the schedule, spoke to the crowd, and promised to return to Nebraska before the November election.
It appeared Trump didn’t take the Nebraska primary or the nomination itself for granted.
“Even though he’s the presumptive nominee, you know it’s important for him to continue to get out and talk to voters,” University of Nebraska-Omaha Political Science professor Randall Adkins tells Nebraska Radio Network. “He can’t sort of shut down his campaign and go back to work in Trump Tower. He really needs to try to stay in the news and this is one of the ways to stay in the news.”
The primary here seems a formality. The official ballot will list Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump, but the only name that matters now is that of Trump.
Cruz had been projected by many political pundits to win Nebraska.
That means little in wake of the Indiana loss, according to Adkins.
“I think what happens is a lot of the enthusiasm for Cruz gets pulled out at that point and a vote for Cruz or a vote for Kasich or anybody else on the ballot at this point really is just a protest against Donald Trump.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]