The 2020 Nebraska US Senate race is a rarity.

The Nebraska Democratic Party is not supporting the party’s primary election winner in May, Chris Janicek of Omaha, and has instead nominated Preston Love Jr. of Omaha as the nominee to oppose Republican Senator Ben Sasse.

Party leaders ditched Janicek, 57, a baker from Omaha, after a sexually-oriented text message he sent to his campaign staff surfaced and he subsequently refused the party to withdraw from the race.

In response, the party turned to Love, 78, a longtime civil rights activist and community activist with a national political profile, and he agreed to intervene as a Democratic alternative in writing.

Sasse, who is running for a second term, was already positioning himself as a big favorite to be re-elected in a state that has not elected a Democratic senator since Ben Nelson’s re-election 14 years ago.

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Sasse, 48, former president of Midland University in Fremont, was elected to the Senate in 2014 by a margin of 177,000 votes.

With President Donald Trump’s backing, the 48-year-old senator overtook Republican challenger Matt Innis in the May primary election.

Janicek finished first in a pool of seven low-profile Democratic candidates in May.


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