Nebraska governor won't seek open Senate seat
May 25th, 2013
12:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Nebraska governor won't seek open Senate seat

(CNN) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced Saturday that he will not run for the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat next year, according to local media reports.

In a statement obtained by the Lincoln Journal Star and other outlets, Heineman, a Republican, said he would "keep my focus on being the best governor that I can for the citizens of Nebraska," and that a run for the Senate in 2014 would distract him "from the state's priorities of tax relief, job creation and education."

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The vacancy was created when Sen. Mike Johanns, a freshman Republican, announced in February he would not seek a second term.

The seat is expected to be a safe hold for the GOP, though it is not clear who will seek it.

Heineman is term-limited from seeking re-election as governor.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    He's got a cushy job with a padded salary - why mess that up?

    May 25, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    He probably doesn't want to work with the gop losers the likes of bsckmann ,reboot ,the clown Cruz and lee that's sole purpose is to screw up the whole goverment. Kick this gop teaparty garbage out ASAP. 2014 midterms !!!!!!!

    May 25, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. jimbojoker

    The gop is trying to finish the job started by Al Qaeda.

    May 25, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    "Tax relief"? For who, his millionaire campaign contributors? Someone really ought to pry their way into the right-winger bubble and let them know taxes are at their lowest point in 60 years. Someone should also let them know that whenever a Republican campaigns using the word "education" in their stump speech, that they're not trying to improve education, but to make it worse for two reasons, one, to illustrate the perceived ineffectiveness of public education, and two, to keep the masses as ignorant and illiterate as possible, since that's the two most common traits of the individuals that vote for Republicans.

    May 26, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Maybe lite paul can move to Nebraska because he might have announced his candidacy and all that it has brought is laughter all over the US.

    May 26, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |