The state held its first-in-the-nation presidential nominating caucus in January. Voters will have Congressional representatives to choose from in four districts, instead of five, due to redistricting. UNO political scientist Paul Landow doesn’t expect that to boost voter turnout based on primary election results in other states, including Nebraska.
The candidates for Ben Nelson’s U.S. Senate seat are on statewide tours of Nebraska.
Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey wrapped up his statewide tour Thursday evening. It began Wednesday morning in Omaha. Omaha is also where Republican candidate Deb Fischer began her statewide tour, following her surprising win Tuesday night.
Unofficial results from the Sarpy County Election Commission show Jim Timmerman and Kip Edmonds were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Sally McGuire finished in fourth place, with 11-percent of the vote.
Paul Landow, a professor in the Political Science department at UNO, says the economy is the main issue on voters’ minds. Landow says people are concerned about their jobs, their bank accounts and what direction things are heading in terms of their personal financial life.
He says anything voters can do to better their own personal financial life at the ballot box is what they’ll do...and if that means voting for new leadership in the House and Senate, they will. Landow says turnout should be above average for the primary.
Today is Nebraska’s Primary Election and Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner, says they predict a turnout of 21%. He says that would be about 66,500 people voting, with early ballots and votes cast today.
Phipps says he doesn’t expect voters to have many issues with the new polling places. He says the election commission sent cards in March advising people of their polling places. Phipps says the election commission has been busy with a higher than usual rate of early votes.