It’s Tuesday! Which makes it Primary Day in Nebraska and West Virginia, and voters are heading to the polls to select their nominees for the U.S. House — and in Nebraska, for Governor.
Given President Trump’s endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster in Nebraska, that race will likely draw the primary focus. Per his website, Herbster is a “fifth-generation farmer and rancher” from Falls City, Nebraska. Trump endorsed him in October 2021. Now, however, he’s been “accused of groping” several women — allegations he staunchly denies. Nine GOP candidates are vying for the spot currently held by Pete Ricketts, who is term-limited out. Ricketts has endorsed Jim Pillen who started Pillen Family Farms, located in Columbus, Nebraska. Polls reportedly show Herbster and Pillen “roughly even,” with State Senator Brett Lindstrom remaining within striking distance. There are two Democrat gubernatorial candidates: Carol Blood and Roy Harris.
For Nebraska’s Congressional races, Democrats Patty Brooks and Jazari Zakaria are facing off in House District 1, Alisha Shelton and Tony Vargas in District 2, and Daniel Wik and David Else in District 3. (Click the “Change Race” option at the upper right of each map to toggle between the races.)
On the GOP side, five candidates are seeking the nomination in House District 1: Jeff Fortenberry, Curtis Huffman, Thireena Connely, John Weaver, and Mike Flood. In the Second District, it’s between Don Bacon and Steve Kuehl. And in the Third District, it’s Adrian Smith versus Mike Calhoun.
In West Virginia, there are two House seats up for grabs (reflecting a reduction from three Congressional districts to two). In the First District, Lacy Watson is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. On the GOP side, the contenders are Carol Miller, Kent Stevens, Zane Lawhorn, James Houser, and Scott Fuller.
The Second District is more hotly contested for the GOP. This race also features five candidates: Mike Seckman, Alexander Mooney, Rhonda Hercules, Susan Buchser-Lochocki, and David McKinley. Trump endorsed Mooney, but it’s an incumbent versus incumbent battle between him and McKinley, thanks to Congressional redistricting. (The Democratic candidates are Angela Dwyer and Barry Wendell.)
See below for live results, and stay with RedState for the latest election coverage throughout the night and into Wednesday.