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· Jim Pillen wins GOP primary for Nebraska governor
… The hog farmer had a strong showing in rural Nebraska, breaking 40% of the vote in many counties in a field of nine candidates…
… “I’m guilty. I love agriculture,” he said. “Germination, taking risks to get stuff to grow. I love to make bacon” …
· Trump candidate loses in Nebraska, wins in West Virginia
… Pillen, a hog farm owner and veterinarian, defeated eight challengers…
… Pillen was endorsed by many top GOP leaders in the state, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, former Gov. Kay Orr, and renowned former University of Nebraska football coach and congressman Tom Osborne. Ricketts was prevented by term limits from running again…
Jim Pillen wins GOP primary for Nebraska governor
Joseph McCarty, KLKN-TV (NE)
May 10, 2022
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen won the Republican gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday.
The hog farmer had a strong showing in rural Nebraska, breaking 40% of the vote in many counties in a field of nine candidates.
The Associated Press called the race about 2½ hours after the polls closed.
“I’ve cried way too much, and I’m still the toughest son of a gun anywhere,” Pillen said during his victory speech.
One of his top priorities if elected in November will be investing in agriculture.
“I’m guilty. I love agriculture,” he said. “Germination, taking risks to get stuff to grow. I love to make bacon.”
He also wants to cut government spending and to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Pillen didn’t participate in any debates, calling them “political theater,” but he had the support of some major players in Nebraska politics, from Gov. Pete Ricketts to legendary Husker coach and former Rep. Tom Osborn.
Charles Herbster conceded the race, finishing almost 10,000 votes behind Pillen despite an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who held a rally for Herbster in Greenwood.
He said the race was “probably one of the nastiest governor campaigns in the state of Nebraska.” The last weeks of his campaign were marred by allegations of groping from eight women.
But Herbster said the Republican Party has to come together for the general election.
In that vein, he will appear with Pillen at the state GOP’s general election kickoff Wednesday morning...
Trump candidate loses in Nebraska, wins in West Virginia
By Grant Schulte, Associated Press
via Daily Freeman - May 11, 2022
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican voters in Nebraska picked Jim Pillen as their nominee for governor, siding with the University of Nebraska regent backed by the state’s outgoing governor over a rival supported by former President Donald Trump and accused of groping multiple women.
Pillen, a hog farm owner and veterinarian, defeated eight challengers, including Charles Herbster, a businessman who faced groping allegations late in the campaign, and Brett Lindstrom, a state senator and Omaha financial adviser who was generally viewed as a more moderate choice.
“We live in the greatest place on the planet, right here in Nebraska,” Pillen said in a victory speech late Tuesday as a crowd cheered and chanted, “Let’s go, Jim!” He said his opponents had called to concede.
While Trump-endorsed candidates won primary races in West Virginia for the U.S. House on Tuesday, the statewide loss in Nebraska was a setback for Trump. He has issued hundreds of endorsements and staged his signature campaign-style rallies in support of his preferred candidates, including Herbster, all in an effort to bend the GOP in his direction ahead of another possible presidential run in 2024.
Herbster’s loss raises the stakes on other high-profile races this month in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where Trump has also intervened in campaigns.
In this Republican stronghold, Pillen will be a favorite in November’s general election against his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Carol Blood. Nebraska hasn’t elected a Democrat as governor since 1994.
Pillen was endorsed by many top GOP leaders in the state, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, former Gov. Kay Orr, and renowned former University of Nebraska football coach and congressman Tom Osborne. Ricketts was prevented by term limits from running again.
In Nebraska, the allegations against Herbster, a longtime supporter of Trump, didn’t stop the former president from holding a rally with him earlier this month.
“I really think he’s going to do just a fantastic job, and if I didn’t feel that, I wouldn’t be here,” said Trump, who has denied sexual misconduct allegations of his own.
Herbster alluded to the groping allegations in a concession speech late Tuesday.
“This is one of the nastiest campaigns for governor in the history of Nebraska,” and may have affected the results, Herbster said, adding that it was “in God’s hands.”
Lindstrom congratulated Pillen on his victory and said he would support him in the general election...