Gov. Pete Ricketts doesn’t believe Republican Roy Moore’s loss in an Alabama special Senate election gives any indication of how elections will go in Nebraska next year.
Ricketts sees the character flaws of Moore as making the difference in his loss to Democrat Doug Jones in the special United States Senate election.
“Both parties need to elect people of good character and the people of Alabama made their choice with regard to who they wanted to represent them, and I certainly respect their ability to make that decision,” Ricketts tells reporters when asked about the results of the election.
No Republican had lost in Alabama in decades.
Moore, a controversial candidate to begin with, won the Republican primary to seek to replace Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate to become Attorney General.
Moore lost to Jones by around 20,000 votes and has yet to concede the race. Allegations of sexual misconduct dogged Moore throughout the special election. Reports surfaced that he had attempted to date several teen-agers while in his 30s, some as young as 14. A couple of woman accused Moore of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced this week a count of military ballots and provisional ballots have failed to close the gap. Alabama is scheduled to certify the election results after Christmas.
Moore has threatened to demand a recount of the December 12th election, but the margin is not close enough to trigger an automatic recount. If there is to be a recount, the Moore campaign will have to pay for it.
Nearly 23,000 Alabama voters wrote in names rather than vote for either candidate.
Some have suggested since that a Democratic win in a deep red state in the South indicates Democrats can win in Nebraska next year.
Ricketts says the candidates and issues in Alabama aren’t the same as the candidates and issues here.
“Well, I think that elections get back to, again, character and issues and they’re particular for that particular election,” Ricketts says. “So, I don’t think you can take one election and broaden it out and say that it’s going to have a bigger impact, because it gets back to who are the candidates?”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]