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ELECTION UPDATE: Bruning concedes Republican primary race to Ricketts


UPDATED May 13, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has conceded the Republican primary race for governor to Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts.

In a concession speech Tuesday night, Bruning thanked supporters and told them, "I'm going to support Pete Ricketts tomorrow. I'm not going to take my ball and go home."

Bruning conceded the race despite trailing Ricketts by less than 1,500 votes.

The winner of the Republican primary will emerge as a heavy favorite in the November general election.


The race is just too close to call between Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts and Attorney General Jon Bruning.

Less than one percent separated the two men at ten o’clock.  Rickets had 300 votes over Bruning, a virtual tie.

Mike Foley was in third.  Close behind was Beau McCoy.

Bryan Slone and Tom Carlson were in the single digits.

The winner will face Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, who ran unopposed.

This was the first time in 16-years that an incumbent governor wasn't on the ballot.

When Governor Dave Heineman steps down in January, he will be the longest serving Governor in the state's history.

That's because he took over mid-term for Senator Mike Johanns and then was elected twice on his own.

However, he is now term-limited.

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