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Conservative Ranking


Nebraska is the 4th most conservative state, voting 30.8% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Nebraska is trending REPUBLICAN.

GOP Trend Ranking


Nebraska ranks 16th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    OPEN SEAT:  GOP incumbent Chuck Hagel is retiring at the end of his second term.  He will not seek re-election in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Mike Johanns - Former Nebraska Governor  
  • Pat Flynn - Financial Advisor

    DEM Candidates

  • Scott Kleeb - Former Congressional Nominee  
  • Larry Marvin - U.S. Air Force Veteran
  • Tony Raimondo
  • James Wilson

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District 2
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Lee Terry is running for a 6th term in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Lee Terry - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Jim Esch  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Jeff Fortenberry (R)-inc vs. Max Yashirin (D)
  • District 3:  Adrian Smith (R)-inc vs. Jay Stoddard (D)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 9, 2008 - Democratic presidential caucus
  • February 15, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • May 13, 2008 - Republican presidential caucus
  • May 13, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 1 GOP, 1 DEM
      Representatives 3 GOP
    State Government
      Governor GOP
      Lt. Governor - tied to Governor GOP
      State Senate 49 members

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Dave Heinaman (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Rick Sheehy (R) - 1st term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Chuck Hagel (R) - 2nd term, not seeking re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Ben Nelson (D) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2012
  • House District 1:  Jeff Fortenberry (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 2:  Lee Terry (R) - 5th term
  • House District 3:  Adrian Smith (R) - 1st term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Solid GOP -- Solid GOP --

    Senate
    Class 1 Weak DEM -- -- Solid DEM
    Class 2 -- Solid GOP -- --

    Governor -- Solid GOP -- Solid GOP

    House 3 GOP 3 GOP 3 GOP 3 GOP
    CD-1 Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP Solid GOP
    CD-2 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP
    CD-3 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Nebraska Race Tracking
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    John McCain
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    Barack Obama
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    Senate (open)
    Mike Johanns
    vs
    Scott Kleeb
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    No race
    House District 2
    Lee Terry - inc
    vs
    Jim Esch
    Projected Winner
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