(Neb)-Murante, Evnen Winners In GOP Primaries
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska State Senator John Murante of Gretna won the Republican nomination for state treasurer in Tuesday's primary and is all but certain to win the office in November since no Democratic or third-party candidates have filed to run.
Murante, a staunch conservative with endorsements from most of Nebraska's top Republican officials including incumbent Don Stenberg., defeated financial adviser Taylor Royal, a CPA and former Omaha mayoral candidate who highlighted his experience in accounting.
In the other statewide race without an incumbent, the Republican nomination for Secretary of State went easily to Lincoln attorney Bob Evnen over Hershey administrative assistant Debra Perrell, who didn't raise enough money to trigger state reporting requirements.
Evnen's victory on Tuesday sets him up to face Democrat Spencer Danner, an underdog in GOP-dominated Nebraska, to succeed retiring John Gale. Evnen has pitched himself as a conservative who supports voter identification laws, which lawmakers have not passed.
Evnen spent eight years on the Nebraska State Board of Education and was actively involved in the campaign to reinstate the death penalty after lawmakers abolished the punishment in 2015.
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