Nebraska gubernatorial election, 1994

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Nebraska gubernatorial election, 1994
Nebraska
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Nominee Ben Nelson Gene Spence
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Kim Robak Kate Witek
Popular vote 423,270 148,230
Percentage 73.03% 25.58%

Governor before election

Ben Nelson
Democratic

Elected Governor

Ben Nelson
Democratic

The 1994 Nebraska gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1994, and featured incumbent Governor Ben Nelson, a Democrat defeating Republican nominee and businessman Gene Spence with 73% of the vote to win a second term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nelson (inc.) 101,422 88.10
Democratic Robert Franklin Winingar 6,993 6.07
Democratic Robb Nimic 6,373 5.54
Democratic Write-ins 327 0.28
Total votes 115,115 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gene Spence 69,529 38.07
Republican Ralph Knobel 57,719 31.60
Republican Alan Jacobsen 27,374 14.99
Republican John DeCamp 24,414 13.37
Republican Mort Sullivan 3,363 1.84
Republican Write-ins 234 0.13
Total votes 182,633 100.00

General election[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Though Nelson ultimately did approve of an action to prevent foster children from living with homosexuals or unmarried couples after he was re-elected, Spence hammered the governor for not supporting restrictions on foster homes.[2] Ultimately, four weeks before the elections, many prominent Republicans accused Spence of "throwing in the towel" and essentially conceding defeat to Nelson before any ballots were cast.[3] The divided Republican primary and Gene Spence's inability to unite the party following his plurality victory in the primary eventually led to Nelson's overwhelming re-election.[4]

Results[edit]

Nebraska gubernatorial election, 1994[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nelson 423,270 73.0%
Republican Gene Spence 148,230 25.6%
Write-in Ernie Chambers 2,510 0.4%
Write-in Others 5,551 1.0%
Total votes 579,561 100.0%

As of 2016, this was the last time that a Democrat had won the governorship of Nebraska.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/epubs/S1200/S001-1994prim_gen.pdf
  2. ^ "Nebraska Moves to Bar Homosexuals From Being Foster Parents". New York Times. 1995-01-29. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  3. ^ Jordan, Joe (2010-06-15). "History of Omaha Congressional Race Cuts Both Ways". Nebraska.watchdog.org. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  4. ^ Susan (2004-05-07). "GoBigEd". Gobiged.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  5. ^ http://www.kvnonews.com/2013/12/seven-contenders-vie-nebraska-governors-seat/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)