NEBRASKA
     Nov. 4, 2014 U.S. Senate                                      

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+Ben Sasse (R)
347,636
64.34%
Dave Domina (D)
170,127
31.49%
Jim Jenkins (I)
15,868
2.94%
Todd F. Watson (I)
6,260
1.16%
write-in scatterings
446


540,337

Registration:  Rep. 559,364 (48.27%)   Dem. 375,835 (32.43%)   Lib. 5,719 (0.49%)   Nonpartisan 235,922 (20.36%)   Total 1,158,840.
Total votes cast:  552,115.
Plurality:  177,509 votes (32.85 percentage points).

 NE Secretary of State




Notes: 
This was an open seat.  U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R) announced on Feb. 18, 2013 that he would not seek a second term.  In solidly Republican Nebraska, the Republican nominee was heavily favored and, as expected, Ben Sasse (R), president of Midland University, easily defeated trial attorney Dave Domina (D) and two independent candidates in November.

In the May 13 Republican primary, Sasse topped the field of five candidates, gaining 110,802 votes (49.29%) to
50,494 (22.46%) for Sid Dinsdale, president of Pinnacle Bancorp; 47,333 (21.06%) for former State Treasurer Shane Osborn; 12,840 for Bart McLeay and 3,310 for Clifton R. Johnson.  In the Democratic primary Domina won by 45,648 votes (67.57%) to  21,904 (32.43%) over perennial candidate Larry Marvin.

ObamaCare was a key issue for Republicans in Senate races around the country, but for Sasse it was very much a signature issue. 
The Jan. 21, 2014 issue of National Review magazine featured Sasse on the cover as "ObamaCare's Nebraska Nemesis," dubbing him a "rising conservative star (>)."
 

Sasse and Domina participated in a forum at Boys State and Girls State in Lincoln on June 2 (>).  Six candidates—the four who appeared on the November ballot plus two independents who failed to qualify—debated at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island on Aug. 25.  All four candidates debated in North Platte presented by NET News and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association on Sept. 14 (>).  Domina, Jenkins and Watson participated in a debate in Hastings on Sept. 21. 

Domina criticized Sasse for "
[m]issing major forums or debates that are televised statewide for the sake of following a schedule to visit all 93 counties;" he pointed out that he had met with people in all 93 counties and still managed to participate in numerous forums.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Sasse campaign spent $5.9 million to $1.2 million for the Domina campaign, $345,598 for the Jenkins campaign and $43,436 for the Watson campaign (>).


Campaign Managers:
Ben Sasse 
Tyler Grassmeyer
(Oct. 2013)  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (SC), Jan.-Oct. 2013.  Chief of staff (Aug. 2011-Nov. 2012) and deputy chief of staff/legislative director (Jan.-July 2011) to U.S. Rep. Steve Austria (OH).  Director of government relations at Russ Reid Company, Mar. 2006-Dec. 2010.  Scheduler/deputy chief of staff to U.S Rep. Fortenberry Jan. 2005-Mar. 2006.  Director of operations on Jeff Fortenberry for Congress, July-Dec. 2004.  Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Apr.-July 2004.  Degree in journalism, advertising and public relations from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003.

 

Dave Domina  ???
(who succeeded Jim Rogers???)

Jim Rogers
(to Mar. 2014)  Executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party, Feb. 2009-Dec. 2013.  B.B.A. from University of Nebraska at Omaha.



See also: 

Glenn Davis.  "Win or Lose, Independent Jim Jenkins Will Shake Up Nebraska Politics."  Independent Voter News, Oct. 1, 2014.

"Well-executed campaign propelled Sasse to victory."  World-Herald News Service, May 14, 2014.

John Yob and Jordan Gehrke.  "Nebraska and the 'Civil War' Narrative."  PulseRed Communications, May 14, 2014.
 










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