A majority of voters stayed away from the polls during tuesday's Nebraska primary. Only 15 per cent of registered voters cast ballots in Dakota County, a disappointing turnout considering the county used bi-lingual ballots to try and attract more hispanic voters to turn out for this election.
The biggest suprise may have come in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. State Senator Deb Fischer beat state attorney general Jon Bruning and state treasurer Don Stenberg for the right to face Democratic winner Bob Kerrey in November.
Fischer walked away with 41% of the votes against Bruning's 36% and Stenberg's 19%. Her campaign got a boost last week when Sarah Palin endorsed her. She won despite being outspent by each of her two better known opponents. Whoever wins in November between Fischer and Kerrey, who formerly held a U.S. Senate seat, will replace the retiring Ben Nelson in Washington D.C.
All three Republican Congressmen, Jeff Fortenberry, Lee Terry, and Adrian Smith won easily. Democrat Korey Reiman will oppose Fortenberry in November.
Incumbent Dave Bloomfield, who was appointed to the Unicameral in 2010, and former South Sioux City educator Van Phillips were the top two vote getters for the District 17 state senate seat.Bloomfield collected over 50% of the votes in the three county district race which had four candidates entered.
Eight of nine candidates running for four seats on the South Sioux City Council advanced to the November election. Randy Meyer failed to make the cut.
All three Democrats and the lone Republican running for the Dakota County Commission advanced.
In the Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney won with over 70 per cent of the vote.
Jim Pillen and David Copple were the top two finishers in the district 3 state board of regents race.