Nebraska gubernatorial election, 2010
|Elections in Nebraska|
The 2010 Nebraska gubernatorial election was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 to elect the Governor of Nebraska, who will serve a four-year term to begin in January 2011. Republican incumbent Dave Heineman won, defeating Democrat Mike Meister. Heineman easily won his party's nomination. Mark Lakers ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, but dropped out in July 2010. Attorney Mike Meister was chosen as a replacement.
|Republican||Dave Heineman (inc.)||152,931||89.91|
- Mark Lakers of Omaha: businessman
Lakers was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. However, he dropped out of the race on July 2, 2010, due to a scandal involving campaign fundraising. Several donors listed on a campaign finance report denied ever giving money to Lakers, prompting criticism from both parties.
After being forced from the race due to investigations by the Nebraska Attorney General's Office and the Nebraska Campaign Disclosure Board, Lakers pleaded guilty in September to falsifying his campaign finance reports. As part of the plea, Lakers admitted that 51 of the 80 pledges listed on his reports were false.
Mike Meister, the Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Nebraska in 2002, was selected to replace him and he selected Nebraska Public Service Commissioner and former Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Nebraska Anne Boyle as his running mate.
|Rasmussen Reports||October 7, 2010||500||± 4.5%||66%||24%||3%||6%|
|Rasmussen Reports||September 2, 2010||500||± 4.5%||61%||28%||3%||8%|
|Rasmussen Reports||July 19, 2010||500||± 4.5%||71%||18%||2%||8%|
|Republican||Dave Heineman (inc.)||360,645||73.90%||+0.50%|
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- Elections at Nebraska Secretary of State
- Nebraska Governor Candidates at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions for 2010 Nebraska Governor from Follow the Money
- Nebraska Governor 2010 from OurCampaigns.com
- 2010 Nebraska General Election graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
- Election 2010: Nebraska Governor from Rasmussen Reports
- 2010 Nebraska Governor's Race from CQ Politics
- Race Profile in The New York Times
- Official campaign sites