Jim Pillen, a pig farmer and University of Nebraska attorney, won the Nebraska Republican Governor’s Nomination on Tuesday, according to a projection by the Associated Press.
“Nebraska voters have made it clear tonight that they value conservative leadership that represents their Christian, conservative values,” Pillen said after his victory. “Tonight I want to thank everyone in our great state who helped push our campaign to the top. Tonight we’re going to celebrate a big victory. Tomorrow, he’s back to work in his fight to keep Nebraska great.”
Heading into Tuesday’s election, the race was thought to be a stalemate between Pillen, state Senator Brett Lindstrom, and businessman Charles Herbster, who had endorsements from former President Donald Trump. However, Pillen’s fundraising advantage may have pushed him to the finish line, as he himself raised Top donor money among all nominees.
With Herbster’s loss, Trump’s record of perfect turnover in the 2022 midterms came to an end. In an unconventional campaign move, Pillen refused to participate in any debates with his opponents, preferring instead candidate forums and smaller meetings with voters. As a result, Pillen held more than 400 meetings with voters in all of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
“It is really important that all 93 districts are important. The entire state of Nebraska matters, all the people of Nebraska matter, and on this last day, we’re trying to get to the areas where we got a lot of Republican votes, and we’re just trying to get more than our fair right. share of them,” Pillen I said your strategy.
Although Pillen did not win Trump’s endorsement, she voted for the former president in the 2016 and 2020 contests. Pillen was backed by the state’s top Republicans, including Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (right) and former Governor Kay Orr.
Pillen’s key supporters included Nebraska football coach Tom Osborn and entertainment personality Larry the Cable Guy.
Some of the most important issues Pillen campaigned on were rejecting critical race theory, standing up for law enforcement, securing the southern border and ending President Joe Biden’s border crisis and advocating the Second Amendment.
As a University of Nebraska attorney, Pillen proposed a resolution to prevent the imposition of critical race theory on campuses. However, it faced criticism on the campaign trail for supporting a vote that led to the creation of an Office of Diversity and Inclusion on campus.
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Herbster pointed to Pillen’s 2018 vote as a University of Nebraska attorney supporting the hiring of a leader to create a new Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The office was established after four years of study following race-related events on the UNL campus. Pillen has been a NU regent since 2013.
About law enforcement, Pillen I said Attempts to recover police money are “reckless and dangerous”.
Pillen also he ran as a pro-life candidate and opposed taxpayer-funded abortions.
his campaign focused issues in agriculture and property tax matters that affect many Nebraskas. He proposed limiting growth in school spending as a way to make state property tax funds a larger portion of school funds.
Pillen promised to run the government as if he were running his family’s pig farm. “In the business world, we don’t start self-determined budget increases,” he said. I said. “We always think about how to do more with less. We should continue this mantra and make sure we have less government occupation and spend less money so we have more money left.”
Pillen will face Democrats applicant Since Nebraska has not elected a Democrat for governor since 1995, governor Carol Blood is expected to win the election with ease.