Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
The GOP’s hold on the Nebraska State Legislature will continue after Election Day, but it’s anybody’s guess just how firm that hold will be.
When lawmakers left Lincoln in April the GOP held 60 percent of the Unicam’s 49 seats. The party breakdown was:
25 seats are at stake next Tuesday, 16 held by Republicans and nine by Democrats and as Nebraska Watchdog has reported both sides are spending plenty.
These two Bellevue candidates are in a partisan race considered too close to call.
According to a new analysis by Nebraska Watchdog, the GOP risks losing four seats but is assured of taking two districts currently held by Democratic Senators Wallman and Dubas who are term limited—only Republicans are running for their slots.
Of those seven remaining Democratic seats, six are in play.
All of which leaves the GOP with the biggest possible upside, a gain of 8 seats.
GOP’s Best Case Scenario:
Democrats are looking , at most, at three added seats.
Democrat’s Best Case Scenario:
The GOP has been signaling some of its concerns asking volunteers to step up in three metro-Omaha races.
“We need help,” writes the party’s Executive Director Bud Synhorst in a weekend email targeting one open seat, one GOP slot and one Democratic seat.
The open seat is in Omaha’s District 6 where Democrat John Stalnaker is running against Republican Joni Craighead.
In District 8, Democrat incumbent Burke Harr is outspending his GOP rival, Gwenn Aspen, nearly 2-1.
In Bellevue’s 3rd District incumbent Republican Tommy Garrett is battling City Councilwoman Carol Blood.
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