State Sen. Bob Krist has dropped his bid to run an independent candidacy for governor and, instead, will run as a Democrat.
Krist entered the Unicameral 10 years ago as a Republican. Krist declared earlier he would run as an independent or third-party candidate for governor.
Now, he has declared himself a Democrat.
How should voters react?
“I think the voters will listen to the man and the people behind me in supporting me and not necessarily the party,” Krist stated during a news conference in Lincoln attended by a large number of present and past Democratic officeholders.
Krist Monday made it official, registering as a Democrat with the Douglas County Election Commission.
Krist acknowledged his move is somewhat pragmatic.
A new state law makes it much more difficult for an independent to make it on the general election ballot. Krist had even announced he had filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new state law. He said today that lawsuit will continue.
The state senator from Omaha had even toyed with forming a third party, which requires a much lower threshold of voters to find a place on the ballot.
Krist stated repeatedly he would find the best path forward in his challenge to the re-election of Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican. He said he found that with the Nebraska Democratic Party.
“You have 10 years of my voting record to measure, weigh, and judge,” Krist stated. “I don’t think you’ve had a candidate like that at least at this level that I know of for many, many years. So, we’re going to win this. We’re going to win this.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]
AUDIO: State Sen. Bob Krist announces he will run for governor as a Democrat. [4:45]