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Ricketts wins nod for Nebraska governor

on May 14, 2014 10:20 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts has won the Republican nomination for Nebraska governor, beating five other candidates vying to replace Gov. Dave Heineman.

Ricketts beat his top rival, state Attorney General Jon Bruning, and now faces Democrat Chuck Hassebrook in November. Hassebrook, a former University of Nebraska regent, headed the Center for Rural Affairs before resigning to run for governor.

Ricketts, a former executive at the TD Ameritrade investment company, enters that race a big favorite. It’s been 15 years since a Democrat has served as Nebraska’s governor.

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