Attorney General Jon Bruning has lost another heartbreakingly narrow primary contest.
Bruning received better than 25% of the vote in the Republican primary for governor, but former TD Ameritrade executive Pete Ricketts did slightly better, edging Bruning by a little more than a percentage point.
“Sometimes in politics you fight hard and you come up short and we fought as hard as we could,” Bruning told supporters at a campaign watch party in Lincoln.
The Republican primary for governor features six candidates who spent varying amounts of money. As the primary Election Day drew near it became apparent the race came down to two men: Bruning and Ricketts.
Bruning gathered his family together to talk with supporters and face the media after calling Ricketts to concede the race and pledge his support in the General Election campaign.
“I said when we were standing in the back, I said you know what let’s go show some class. This is the greatest state in the country; greatest country in the world,” Bruning stated. “This hurts bad. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m mean, this hurts. I worked as hard as I would work. I know we all worked as hard as we could work.”
Bruning lost by a narrow margin two years ago to Deb Fischer in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Fischer won the General Election.
State Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha came in third, winning 21% of the vote. State Auditor Mike Foley finished fourth with 19% of the vote.
AUDIO: Jon Bruning concession speech [5 min.]