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2014 Vote Nebraska Coverage: Bruning Concedes, Rickett Advances

UPDATE 11:30: Jon Bruning conceded in the governor's race to Pete Ricketts. About 1500 votes separated the two.

UPDATE: 10: The race for governor is a tight one. Both Jon Bruning and Pete Ricketts both have 27 of the votes.

UPDATE 9:50: Shane Osborn emailed a statement saying "It has been my privilege and honor to travel the great state of Nebraska and meet so many of my fellow citizens. While tonight’s results are not what we had hoped, I am proud that we ran a spirited campaign focused on my proven conservative record as state treasurer and my service to our country in the United States Navy."
"In the weeks and months to come, I look forward to spending more time with my family, but also working to help our candidates in Nebraska and across the country win this fall."
UPDATE: 9:40 Ben Sasse is giving a speech, claiming the win.

UPDATE: 9:30: Ricketts has 28%. Bruning has 27%. McCoy has 19% and Foley has 18%. Sasse has 26%. Dinsdale has 24%. Terry has 54%. Frei has 46%. 

UPDATE AT 9:00: Sasse has 44%. Dinsdale has 26%. Osborn has 23%. Ricketts has. Bruning has. McCoy has 18%.

UPDATE AT 8:40: Sasse has 45% of the vote. Dinsdale has 25% of the vote and Osborn has 23%. In the Gov race, Ricketts has 30% of the vote, Bruning has 27% percent of the vote.

UPDATE AT 8PM: Early Results show Ben Sasse in the lead in the senate race with 43% of the vote. Sid Dinsdale has 25% of the vote. Shane Osborn has 23% of the vote. In the Governor's race, Pete Ricketts has the lead with 30% of the vote. Bruning has 26%. In the 2nd Congressional Race Lee Terry has 54% of the vote over Dan Frei.

OMAHA (KPTM)- Tuesday night Nebraskans will know who will compete for votes in the state’s general election in November. Turnout is expected to be around 30% state-wide.

To view live election results: click here starting Tuesday night at 8:45.
To find your polling place: click here. There are 209 polling places in Douglas County.

There are two big state races since Governor Dave Heineman’s term is expiring and U.S. Senator Mike Johanns is retiring.

There are five republicans in the Senate race and two democrats: Midland University President Ben Sasse, former State Treasurer Shane Osborn, Pinnacle Bank Owner Sid Dinsdale, attorney Bart McLeay and businessman Clifton Johnson.
The winner of the republican nomination will go on to face lawyer Dave Domina or military veteran Larry Marvin. Those two are running for the democratic nomination.

There are six republican candidates in the governor’s race: Attorney General Jon Bruning, businessman Pete Ricketts, State Auditor Mike Foley, State Senator Beau McCoy, State Senator Tom Carlson and attorney Bryan Slone.

The winner will run against the lone democrat in the race, Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook.

The republican candidates for governor sat down with Fox 42 to discuss issues like Obamacare, the Keystone XL Pipeline, DHHS reform and prison reform.

There's no arguing the Keystone XL Pipeline is a hot button issue and all six candidates support the project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada to the U.S.

"We don't want to do something that jeopardizes the Ogallala Aquifer and I don't believe the pipeline does. I think it's the safest way to transport oil, more so than by truck or by rail and it will be the safest pipeline ever built," said State Senator Tom Carlson of Holdrege.

"I think we had a political process that worked, that the folks who had a concern had a chance to express it and now it's time to build the pipeline," said Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts who added "while the pipeline is being built, we will create 3,000 jobs here in Nebraska and thereafter we'll have about 300 permanent jobs."

"I want to make sure that in our country we don't have to rely on sources of oil from nations that are enemies of ours. So, I want the Keystone Pipeline to be done, it's going to bring a lot of great jobs," said Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning of Lincoln.

"It's good for Nebraska, it's good for jobs, and more importantly it's good for energy independence in America and we have an opportunity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said State Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha.

"Pipelines need to go forward just like railroads electric lines and roads and so forth. We've got to have progress in this country, we need the energy, so I say the pipeline ought to be built," said State Auditor Mike Foley of Lincoln.

"I am in favor of the pipeline. I would not have favored the first pipeline as it was originally planned. I'm a Sandhills boy, I grew up in the Panhandle and I would not have supported it but I absolutely support the current version of the pipeline," said Omaha C.P.A., Bryan Slone.

Those who oppose the pipeline say it encourages continued dependence on fossil fuels among other reasons.
The term for Omaha’s Second Congressional District is almost up too. Congressman Lee Terry is hoping to get a 7th term in office. He is being challenged by republican businessman Dan Frei in the primary. The winner will go on to face either State Senator Brad Ashford or landscaper Mark Aupperle.
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