Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional race today is receiving national attention. Incumbent Republican Lee Terry and Democrat Brad Ashford are basically nose-and-nose.
University of Nebraska – Omaha Political Science Department Chairman Dr. Randall Atkins says the race is too close for call and we likely won’t know the results until very late or there may possibly be a recount.
In the 1st District, incumbent Republican Jeff Fortenberry is running against Democrat Dennis Crawford and in the 3rd District incumbent Republican Adrian Smith is running against Democrat Mark Sullivan. Both incumbents are expected retain their seats.
Atkins says in the race for U-S Senate, Republican Ben Sasse is likely already working on his acceptance speech.
Nebraskans are also electing a new governor today. Dr. Atkins believes Republicans will tip the scale but Democrat Chuck Hassebrook’s campaign went very well.
“The big challenge will be to run up the vote in certain parts of the state to see if he can balance off what Ricketts is going to do,” according to Atkins. “This is a state where the Republicans have a natural advantage in voter registration but I think Hassebrook’s run a great campaign.”
Hassebrook’s challenger is Republican Pete Ricketts.
Nebraskans are also electing new members to the Unicameral and a new Attorney General and State Auditor. They are also voting on whether to raise the state’s minimum wage. There are a number of local issues on today’s ballot as well.
Polls close at 8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain Time.