Nebraska’s 2020 U.S. Senate race is a rare oddity.
The Nebraska Democratic Party does not support the winner of the party’s May primary election, Chris Janicek of Omaha, and instead has drafted Preston Love Jr. of Omaha as its designated write-in candidate to oppose Republican Sen. Ben Sasse.
Party leaders abandoned Janicek, 57, an Omaha baker, after a sexually-charged text message that he sent to his campaign staff surfaced and he subsequently refused the party’s demand that he withdraw from the race.
In response, the party turned to Love, 78, a longtime civil rights crusader and community activist with a national political profile, and he agreed to step in as a write-in Democratic alternative.
Sasse, who is seeking a second term, was already positioned as a heavy favorite to win reelection in a state that has not elected a Democratic senator since Ben Nelson was reelected 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 runaway 177,000-vote margin.
With the endorsement of President Donald Trump, the 48-year-old senator sailed past Republican challenger Matt Innis in the May primary election.
Janicek finished first in a field of seven low-profile Democratic candidates in May.