Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) has drawn his first announced re-election challenger, but in a rather unexpected manner. Republican state Senator Bob Krist announced his challenge to Gov. Ricketts, but not the in the GOP primary…nor, will he run as a Democrat. Instead, Sen. Krist is forming his own political party under Nebraska election law and will attempt to qualify for the ballot as a general election third party candidate.
Mr. Krist says he wants to form a centrist political entity to attract moderate voters of all stripes. It will be interesting to see if the Nebraska Democratic leadership, unlikely to be particularly competitive against Gov. Ricketts, will field their own candidate in hopes of taking advantage of what could become a three-way race, or not file anyone and instead coalesce with Sen. Krist. This could become a race to watch.
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