2008 United States Senate election in Nebraska

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United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2008

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  Mike Johanns official Senate photo.jpg Scott Kleeb portrait (cropped).jpg
Nominee Mike Johanns Scott Kleeb
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 455,854 317,456
Percentage 57.5% 40.1%

Nebraska Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County Results
Johanns:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Kleeb:      40-50%      50–60%

U.S. Senator before election

Chuck Hagel
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Mike Johanns
Republican

The 2008 United States Senate election in Nebraska was held on November 4, 2008. The primary elections was held on May 13. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel decided to retire instead of seeking a third term. Republican Mike Johanns won the open seat.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Johanns 112,191 78.61%
Republican Pat Flynn 31,560 21.12%
Total votes 143,751 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Scott Kleeb, businessman and candidate for NE-03 in 2006
  • Tony Raimondo
  • Larry Marvin
  • James Bryan Wilson

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Scott Kleeb 65,582 68.37%
Democratic Tony Raimondo 24,141 25.17%
Democratic James Bryan Wilson 3,224 3.36%
Democratic Larry Marvin 2,672 2.80%
Total votes 95,919 100.00%

Green primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Steve Larrick

Results[edit]

Green Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Green Steve Larrick 123 100.00%
Total votes 123 100.00%

Nebraska primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Kelly Renee Rosberg

Results[edit]

Nebraska Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nebraska Barry Richards 209 100.00%
Total votes 209 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Prior to the election, CQ Politics rated this race as 'Republican Favored'.[2] The Cook Political Report considered it 'Likely Republican'.[3] The Rothenberg Political Report considered it a 'Safe Republican'.[4]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates administered Kleeb Johanns
Research 2000/Daily Kos November 12–14, 2007 28% 59%
Rasmussen Reports May 15, 2008 40% 55%
Research 2000/Daily Kos May 19–21, 2008 31% 58%
Rasmussen Reports June 23, 2008 33% 60%
Rasmussen Reports July 28, 2008 34% 60%
Rasmussen Reports September 30, 2008 38% 52%

Results[edit]

2008 Nebraska U.S. Senate general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Johanns 455,854 57.5% -25.2%
Democratic Scott Kleeb 317,456 40.1% +25.5%
Nebraska Kelly Renee Rosberg 11,438 1.4% n/a
Green Steve Larrick 7,763 1.0% n/a
Majority 138,398
Turnout 792,511
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Official Results of Nebraska Primary Election, May 13, 2008" (PDF). Government of Nebraska. June 20, 2008.
  2. ^ Race Ratings Chart: Senate Archived October 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine CQ Politics
  3. ^ 2008 Senate Race Ratings Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine The Cook Political Report, October 9, 2008
  4. ^ 2008 Senate Ratings The Rothenberg Political Report, September 29, 2008

External links[edit]