(Neb)-Ricketts, Krist Win Gov Primaries, Krist Visiting Panhandle Today
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - As expected, it will be incumbent Republican Pete Ricketts against Republican-turned-Democrat Bob Krist of Omaha for governor of Nebraska in November.
Ricketts collected over 80% of the vote against Krystal Gabel while Krist captured 60% against Vanessa Ward, a pastor and community activist from Omaha, and Tyler Davis, a UNO instructor.
Ricketts enters the general election with more than $1.3 million in campaign cash at his disposal for the general election and has already started airing television ads to tout his previous efforts to lower property taxes.
Krist had been a Republican until last fall when he switched his affiliation to nonpartisan in announcing his bid for governor. He reregistered as a Democrat in February due to legal barriers to qualifying as an independent. He's campaigning on taking a less partisan approach to state government than Ricketts.
Krist was so confident he'd win the primary that he announced early on election day he would make a 3-day, 10-city tour of the state with his running mate and fellow state senator, Lynne Walz.
Krist, a pilot and Air Force veteran, will fly himself. Walz, and his top campaign staff from Omaha to Scottsbluff today, with in-between stops in Sioux City, Grand Island, and Bridgeport - where property taxes have skyrocketed by an average of 140 percent since 2007.
His Bridgeport rally-Town Hall meeting is set for the Prairie Winds Community Center from 2:30-4:00 with his Scottsbluff Meet-and-Greet from 5-6:30 at Godfather's Pizza.
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