NEBRASKA
     Nov. 6, 2018 Governor

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+Pete Ricketts/Mike Foley (R)
411,812
59.00%
Bob Krist/Lynne M. Waters (D)
286,169
41.00%

697,981

Registered Voters: Rep. 584,061   Dem. 362,203   Lib. 14,707   Nonpartisan 258,348   Total 1,219,319.
Plurality 125,643 votes (18.00 percentage points).
  NE Secretary of State




Notes: 
Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) faced little difficulty in winning a second term.  The May 15 primaries were not competitive.  Ricketts obtained more than 80-percent of the vote over Krystal Gabel.  Bob Krist won 59.8% of the vote over Vanessa Gayle Ward and Tyler A. Davis.  Krist has served in the Nebraska Legislature since 2009 and is contract manager and chief pilot for Dyna-Tech Aviation Services, which contracts to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He was a registered Republican to 2017, launched his campaign for governor as an independent in Sept. 2017, then switched to the Democratic Party in Feb. 2018.  He announced Sen. Lynne Walz (D-Fremont) as his running mate on April 30. 

There was only one debate, at the Nebraska State Fair, sponsored by The World-Herald and KMTV, on Aug. 30 (+).  A proposed Sept. 21 debate was cancelled amid finger pointing by the two campaigns. 

The candidates divided over a proposal to expand Medicaid, Initiative 427 on the ballot; Ricketts opposed the measure and Krist supported it.  Voters approved Initiative 427 by 53.55% to 46.45%.


According to the National Institute for Money in Politics, the Ricketts campaign received 4.8 million in contributions compared to $659,717 for the Krist campaign (+).

Campaign Managers:
Pete Ricketts:  Jessica Flanagain
(June 2017)  Moved over to the campaign from special advisor for external affairs to Gov. Ricketts, started in that role in Dec. 2015, and advisor to Ricketts from July 2006.  Owner at Bright Strategies from Jan. 2007.  Executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party, 2004-06.  Campaign manager on Fortenberry for Congress, 2004.  B.A. in English, philosophy from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[In addition to serving as campaign manager Flanagain started as a senior vice president with Axiom Strategies in July 2018].


Bob Krist:  ???
Director of Daily Operations  Caitlinn Sullivan




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