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Nebraska Governor - Ricketts vs. Hassebrook

Candidates

Chuck Hassebrook

Chuck Hassebrook (D)

Bio | Campaign Site

Pete Ricketts

Pete Ricketts (R)

Bio | Campaign Site

Nebraska Snapshot

RCP Ranking: Likely GOP 
2014 Key Races: 
Senate | NE-2

----------PAST KEY RACES----------

2012President | Senate | NE-2
2010: Governor | NE-2
2008: President | Senate
2006: Governor
2004: President | NE-1 | NE-2 | NE-3

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoEHassebrook (D)Ricketts (R)Spread
Final Results------38.957.6Ricketts +18.7
CBS News/NYT/YouGov10/16 - 10/23681 LV5.03555Ricketts +20
CBS News/NYT/YouGov9/20 - 10/1721 LV4.03555Ricketts +20
CBS News/NYT/YouGov8/18 - 9/2987 LV4.03454Ricketts +20
CBS News/NYT/YouGov7/5 - 7/24855 RV--4149Ricketts +8
Rasmussen Reports5/14 - 5/15750 LV4.04047Ricketts +7

Race Analysis

While Nebraska is reliably Republican at the federal level, its gubernatorial politics are more heterodox. In 2002, Mike Johanns became the first Republican to win a second term since 1954: Republicans won only three of 12 elections from 1958 through 1998. The typical Democratic formula was to have a Republican incumbent raise taxes, allowing a conservative Democrat to sneak through. This year, there are no signs of that happening, and former Ameritrade COO (and unsuccessful 2006 Senate nominee) Pete Ricketts seems likely to defeat university administrator Chuck Hassebrook.