One Democrat bows out, leaving only one Democrat in the race for governor.
A simple, yet significant announcement came on Monday from state Senator Annette Dubas of Fullerton.
“And, it is today, with my family in mind that I announce that I am withdrawing as a candidate for Nebraska Governor,” Dubas said, reading from a prepared statement during a brief news conference in the Capitol Rotunda.
With that statement, Dubas ended her campaign for governor two months after it began.
Dubas said she began her campaign with the values on which she was raised: faith, patriotism, hard work, and most importantly, family. With no explanation, Dubas said she was ending her campaign due to family concerns.
The exit of Dubas leaves Chuck Hassebrook, former director of the Center for Rural Affairs and University of Nebraska Regent, alone on the Democratic side in the governor’s race.
“It was a surprise,” Hassebrook acknowledges to Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “I had not talked (to Dubas), but, no, it was a surprise and I wish her the best.”
Hassebrook says the lack of a primary opponent is mixed blessing. He can conserve his resources for the general election, but the race now will draw less media attention.
Five Republicans, including three of Dubas’ senate colleagues, have entered the governor’s race to succeed fellow Republican Dave Heineman, who cannot run for re-election due to term limits.
One other note of interest: with the exit of Dubas, Hassebrook not only becomes the lone Democrat in the race for governor, but the lone Democrat in the two statewide races next year in Nebraska. No Democrat has declared as a candidate for United States Senate.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]