- 2014 Watch May 13
Voters head to the polls today for a set of hotly contested primaries in the deeply Republican state of Nebraska. As the Omaha World-Herald notes: "More than $22 million — enough to buy each registered voter in the state a steak dinner — has been poured into the GOP contests for governor and U.S. Senate."
In the Senate race, the frontrunner is now Ben Sasse, who has received the backing of many Tea Party and national conservative groups. He is a former health official under President George W. Bush, and now president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. For most of the race his main opponent has been former state Treasurer Shane Osborn — but there is also some question as to whether the mud-slinging between the two of them might have fueled a late surge for a third candidate, bank president Sid Dinsdale.
In the gubernatorial race, the two main Republican candidates are state Attorney General Jon Bruning and businessman Pete Ricketts. Bruning has been endorsed by the outgoing Gov. Dave Heineman, while Ricketts has the support of such national conservative figures as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
The polls close tonight at 8 p.m. Central Time.- - Eric Kleefeld
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
- 7 tips for keeping your man (from the 1950s)
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Why does Fareed Zakaria still have a job?
- Does solar energy have a battery problem?
- How the elderly are treated around the world
Subscribe to the Week