Former TD Ameritrade executive Pete Ricketts squeaks out a victory in the Republican primary for governor, edging Attorney General Jon Bruning.
Ricketts told supporters gathered at his victory party in Lincoln that his campaign listened to Nebraskans about the direction of the state. He said he will bring an outsider’s perspective to state government to tackle issues such as education, helping to create jobs, and lowering taxes.
Ricketts won a bit more than 57,700 votes or 26.5% of the primary vote in a field of six. Bruning finished a close second, receiving 55,500 votes or 25.5%.
State Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha finished third with 21% of the vote. State Auditor Mike Foley finished fourth with 19%.
Though supporters gathered to celebrate, Ricketts told them much work remained.
“This is just the first step. We are now on a journey that is going to take us through November,” Ricketts stated in his victory speech. “So, it’s not time to let up. This road has just begun. We have a lot of work left to do, but I am confident with folks like you, we will be able to pull this across the finish line in November.”
Ricketts now faces Democrat Chuck Hassebrook in the General Election.
AUDIO: Pete Rickets victory speech [5 min.]