2006 Nebraska gubernatorial election

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2006 Nebraska gubernatorial election

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  Dave Heineman official photo (cropped).jpg No image.svg
Nominee Dave Heineman David Hahn
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Rick Sheehy Steve Loschen
Popular vote 434,802 144,624
Percentage 73.4% 24.5%

Nebraska Governor Election Results by County, 2006.svg
County results
Heineman:      50–60%      60–70%      70-80%      80–90%      90–100%

Governor before election

Dave Heineman

Elected Governor

Dave Heineman

The 2006 Nebraska gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 2006; the primary election was held on May 9, 2006. Republican incumbent Dave Heineman was elected to a full term, defeating Democrat David Hahn.

Republican primary[edit]



The Republican primary election had the unusual situation of an incumbent running against several members of his own party. Originally, the 2006 election would not have had an incumbent. However, this changed when Mike Johanns resigned in January 2005 to become United States Secretary of Agriculture; this elevated Lieutenant Governor Dave Heineman to the governorship. He then announced his intention to run for election to a full four-year term. The other two candidates for the Republican nomination were former Nebraska Cornhuskers football coach Tom Osborne—then serving in the United States House of Representatives—and Omaha businessman Dave Nabity.

In 2005, the three Republican candidates raised more than $2 million overall for their campaigns: Osborne $972,000; Heineman $922,000; and Nabity $150,000.


Republican Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Heineman (incumbent) 138,216 50.26
Republican Tom Osborne 121,973 44.36
Republican Dave Nabity 14,786 5.38
Total votes 274,975 100.00

Democratic primary[edit]


  • Glenn R. Boot, Jr., truck driver
  • David Hahn, attorney and internet development company CEO


The Democratic primary election did not have any candidates until December 2005, when David Hahn announced his candidacy. Glenn Boot Jr. of Ashland was the other Democratic candidate, but he was disqualified due to a previous felony conviction. The election was not a high priority for Nebraska Democrats. While the main reason was focusing on getting U.S. Senator Ben Nelson reelected, it was very likely that most Democrats didn't want to face the possibility of running against the immensely popular Osborne.


Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Hahn 68,004 91.57
Democratic Glenn R. Boot, Jr. 6,259 8.43
Total votes 74,263 100.00

Nebraska Party primary[edit]


  • Barry Richards, farmer


Nebraska Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nebraska Barry Richards 138 100.00
Total votes 138 100.00

Independent candidates[edit]

  • Mort Sullivan, perennial candidate

General election[edit]


Source Date Dave
Heineman (R)
Hahn (D)
Rasmussen October 19, 2006 70% 22%
Rasmussen September 26, 2006 72% 18%
Rasmussen August 17, 2006 71% 18%
Rasmussen July 17, 2006 66% 21%


Nebraska gubernatorial election, 2006[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dave Heineman (incumbent) 435,507 73.40% +4.72%
Democratic David Hahn 145,115 24.46% -3.06%
Nebraska Barry Richards 8,953 1.51% -2.29%
Independent Mort Sullivan 3,782 0.64%
Majority 290,392 48.94% +7.78%
Turnout 593,357
Republican hold Swing

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Official campaign sites (Archived)

Other election sites