Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has won re-election, defeating a Republican-turned-Democratic challenger who campaigned on promises to reduce partisanship at the state Capitol.
Ricketts’ victory on Tuesday allows him to serve a second and final term in the GOP-dominated state. Ricketts ran on pledges to lower taxes, keep tight reins on state spending and promote Nebraska businesses domestically and abroad.
State Sen. Bob Krist, a former Republican, pitched himself as a governor who would work collaboratively with lawmakers to reduce property taxes. He also promised promote nonpartisanship in the Legislature, where he served for 10 years.
Ricketts was first elected in 2014. The former TD Ameritrade executive is the son of billionaire Joe Ricketts and a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs.