We have another independent candidate for United States Senate.
The Secretary of State’s office reports Todd Watson of Lincoln has qualified for the November ballot, joining Jim Jenkins as alternative candidates to those nominated by the two major political parties.
More than 4,000 signatures for Watson to be placed on the ballot have been verified.
Watson submitted more than 5,000 signatures. Independent candidates need at least 4,000 signatures of registered Nebraska voters to qualify for ballot status. At least 750 of those signatures must come from each of the state’s three congressional districts.
Watson and Jenkins will be listed on the November ballot as “by petition”. They will join Republican Ben Sasse and Democrat Dave Domina on the November 4th ballot.
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, decided to retire rather than run for re-election.