United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2000

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United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2000
Nebraska
1994 ←
November 7, 2000
→ 2006

  Ben Nelson official photo.jpg Don Stenberg.jpg
Nominee Ben Nelson Don Stenberg
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 353,093 337,977
Percentage 51.0% 48.8%

U.S. Senator before election

Bob Kerrey
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Ben Nelson
Democratic

The 2000 United States election in Nebraska was held on November 7, 2000. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey decided to retire. Democrat Ben Nelson won the open seat.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nelson 105,661 92.12%
Democratic Al Hamburg 8,482 7.39%
Democratic Write-ins 558 0.49%
Totals 114,701 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Don Stenberg 94,394 49.99%
Republican Scott Moore 41,120 21.77%
Republican David Hergert 32,228 17.07%
Republican George Grogan 8,293 4.39%
Republican John DeCamp 7,469 3.96%
Republican Elliott Rustad 5,317 2.82%
Republican Write-ins 21 0.01%
Totals 188,842 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Governor Ben Nelson, also a centrist Democrat, decided to run for his seat following in Kerrey's foot steps as both were governors before they were elected as a senator. Nelson won one of the closest elections of 2000.

Results[edit]

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ben Nelson 353,093 51.00% -3.78%
Republican Don Stenberg 337,977 48.82% +3.81%
Write-ins 1,280 0.18%
Majority 15,116 2.18% -7.59%
Turnout 692,350
Democratic hold Swing

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