CAPITOL VIEW: Just debate CAPITOL VIEW The power of incumbency is strong, especially in Nebraska where the incumbents are usually Republicans. That’s because there were 584,173 registered Republicans in 2016. There were only 370,091 Democrats, 247,340 nonpartisans and 11,361 Libertarians. Challenging the incumbent is often an uphill battle. Yes, Democrats Jim Exon and Bob Kerrey and ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!