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My Take On the 2010 NE Races

Here’s a rundown of how I think the NE races will go:

Governor: Incumbent GOP Governor Dave Heineman is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Heineman, Martial Arts Instructor Christopher N. Geary, and Paul Anderson are in the running. There are no Democratic candidates. I expect Heineman to crush Geary and Anderson in the GOP Primary 91-7-2. GOP HOLD.

Secretary of State: Incumbent GOP Secretary of State John A. Gale is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Gale. On the Democratic side, Restaurant Manager Kris Pierce and Attorney Janet Stewart are in the running. The Democratic Primary is a tossup. Gale will crush whoever the Democrats nominate. GOP HOLD.

Attorney General: Incumbent GOP Attorney General Jon Bruning is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Bruning. The Democrats have unified behind Attorney EA “Van” Argyrakis. Bruning will paste Argyrakis 74-26. GOP HOLD.

State Auditor: Incumbent GOP State Auditor Mike Foley is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Foley. The Democrats have no candidates. GOP HOLD.

State Treasurer: Incumbent GOP State Treasurer Shane Osborn is retiring. On the GOP side, State Senator Tony Fulton, Security Firm Owner Tom Nesbitt, and former Attorney General Don Steinberg are in the running. The Democrats have no candidates. I expect Steinberg to emerge from the field. GOP HOLD.

NE-01: Incumbent GOP Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Fortenberry. The Democrats have unified behind Jessica Lynn Turek. I expect Fortenberry to defeat Turek 68-32. GOP HOLD.

NE-02: Incumbent GOP Congressman Lee Terry is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Terry, Jerry Alan Odom, and Healthcare Technology Consultant Matt Sakalosky are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind State Senator Tom White. I expect Terry to defeat Sakalosky and Odom 79-18-3 and defeat White 55-45. GOP HOLD.

NE-03: Incumbent GOP Congressman Adrian Smith is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Smith, Church Music Director Dennis Parker, and Robert Charles Larson are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind Chaplain Rebekah Davis. I expect Smith to defeat Parker and Larson 89-7-4, and defeat Davis 73-27. GOP HOLD.

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