Primary turnout expected to be slim
With little on the primary ballot, at least in Dawson County, county election coordinator Sheri Bellamy expects low numbers at the ballot box next Tuesday.
With the exception of hospital boards, most of the races, and amendments, will be decided during the Nov. 6 general election, including the nation’s selection of a president.
Locally, six candidates are running for the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital board (see candidate profiles on pgs. A10-A11).
They include incumbents Mike Bacon, Monty Bowman and Dr. Carol Shackleton-Skinner and challengers Dr. Jay Matzke, Stan Roethemeyer and Richard Tracci.
On the county level, District 5 county commissioner Butch Hagan is being challenged by former commissioner John Knapple. Both are Republicans.
High-profile state, U.S. races
On the Republican side, the race for a U.S. Senate seat, being vacated by Ben Nelson, has been hotly contested.
A candidate from a pool, including Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning, state treasurer Don Stenberg, state Sen. Deb Fischer, activist Sharyn Elander, businessman Pat Flynn and truck driver Spencer Zimmerman, will be chosen Tuesday to face the Democratic candidate.
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, attorney Steven Lustgarten, activist Larry Marvin and executive Sherman Yates are running for the Democratic choice.
Russell Anderson is running on the independent ticket.
Third District Congressional representative Adrian Smith is being challenged by farmer and commodities broker Bob Lingenfelter of Plainview on the Republican ballot.
Although presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have bowed out of the Republican race for president, their names will appear on the primary ballot as will Rep. Ron Paul, who is still in the race.
Mitt Romney is favored to win the Republican primary.