Republican Pete Ricketts will be Nebraska’s next governor.
Ricketts, who squeaked out a victory in the Republican primary, easily defeated Democrat Chuck Hassebrook.
Many thought this race might be close, but Ricketts held the lead from the beginning of election results coming from the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office. With more than 1,000 of the 1,380 precincts reporting, Ricketts led Hassebrook in unofficial tallies 279,540 to 189,233; a 57.53% to 38.94% split.
Ricketts says there’s no doubt what he needs to tackle first as governor.
“Well, the number one issue is property taxes,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “Whether you’re a farmer or rancher or a homeowner in Lincoln or Omaha, everybody knows our property taxes are too high.”
Ricketts says his victory came about, because of a lot of work.
“I’ve got a great team and I put them up against any other team in the country,” Ricketts says. “We worked very, very hard over these last 14 months. We did just about everything right and we had a lot of grassroots support and, ultimately at the end of the day that’s what makes the difference.”
Ricketts says he and his running-mate bring the right combination to the governor’s office.
Ricketts says his business skills, honed through years at the family business of Ameritrade, complement those of Lt. Governor-elect Mike Foley, who has experience in state government both as a state senator and state Auditor.
Ricketts will succeed Gov. Dave Heineman, forced out of office due to term limits after serving for ten years in the office.
AUDIO: Republican Pete Ricketts gives victory speech. [7 min.]