Nebraska Republicans look forward to the presidential primary a week from today and hope the results today in Indiana don’t spoil the party.
Nebraska Republican Party Executive Director Bud Synhorst never doubted Nebraska would make a difference, even coming late in the process.
“I’ve said all along that I think Nebraska was going to matter and here we are, we’re a week out from our primary and the two frontrunners are making plans to come to Nebraska,” Synhorst tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Synhorst reasons the Republican field was too large for the race to have been decide by the time Nebraska Republicans could cast their ballots.
Indeed, the sample ballot at the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website discloses only a portion of the crowded field for the Republican nomination, listing Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump. The race has effectively been narrowed to Trump and Cruz with Kasich still hanging by the thinnest of threads. Carson and Rubio dropped out some time ago.
There are a number of political pundits who have stated if Trump wins Indiana, the race is over.
Synhorst isn’t so sure, pointing out Trump won’t secure the 1237 delegates necessary to win the nomination with an Indiana win.
“But I think every state matters at this point in order to get to 1237,” Synhorst says. “So, I think all the rest of the states; I know West Virginia’s coming up, I know South Dakota’s coming up, California obviously is a big prize. All of those states matter at this point.”
Synhorst isn’t sure how Sen. Ben Sasse’s high-profile anti-Trump campaign might impact the vote here. He says any speculation is hampered by a lack of public opinion polling.
Synhorst says Nebraska Republicans are enthusiastic as they keep an eye on results in Indiana and prepare to cast their ballots next week.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]