2022 Nebraska Primary Election Live Blog

May 10, 2022, 5 p.m. ·

Nebraska Public Media News Campaign Connections 2022
Pillen pic
Jim Pillen talks to supporters at his watch party in Lincoln. With close to 34% of the vote right now, the AP has declared him the winner of the Republican gubernatorial contest (Photo by Will Bauer/Nebraska Public Media News)


9:40 pm - Breaking - returns on the Secretary of State's website show Jim Pillen has now taken a slight lead over Brett Lindstrom in the Republican gubernatorial primary race. Pillen has 33% of the vote, Lindstrom has 30% and Charles Herbster has 27%.

9:36 pm - The Associated Press has declared Adrian Smith the winner of the Republican primary for Congressional District 3

Patty Pansing Brooks
9:15 pm - State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks poses with supporters at her election watch party. The Associated Press has called her the winner in the Congressional District 1 Democratic primary race. She will face off against Republican State Sen. Mike Flood in November (photo by Nebraska Public Media News' Bill Kelly)

9:10 pm - The race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination is tightening a bit. The latest numbers from the Secretary of State's office shows Brett Lindstrom with 34.5% of the vote, followed by Jim Pillen with 30% and Charles Herbster with 25%

Herbster campaign
9 pm - Nebraska Public Media News reporter Fred Knapp reports that the mood at Charles Herbster's campaign gathering is sedate but not somber. At this time, Herbster remains in 3rd place in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

8:26 - Breaking - The Associated Press has called the Republican Race for Congressional District 1 for State Sen. Mike Flood, and the Democratic Race for Congressional District 2 for State Sen. Tony Vargas.

8:22 - Breaking - The Associated Press is calling Rep. Don Bacon the winner of the Congressional District 2 Republican primary

8 :15 - Breaking - The Associated Press is calling Carol Blood the winner of the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary race

8:10 pm - In some of the other key races, early returns show the expected frontrunners leading. In Congressional District 1 State Sen. Mike Flood leads on the Republican side with 75% of the vote, and Patty Pansing Brooks leads the Democratic race with 91% of the vote. In District 2 Rep. Don Bacon, the incumbent, is leading Steve Kuehl with 82% of the vote in the Republican race, while State Sen. Tony Vargas leads on the Democratic side with 72% of the vote.

8:05 pm - The initial returns on the Secretary of State's website shows an early lead for State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, with nearly 40% of the vote, followed by Jim Pillen with 33% and Charles Herbster with 18%.

8 PM - Follow this live blog for updates throughout the night as the numbers roll in and Nebraska Public Media News correspondents report on reaction from candidates. Click here for the latest returns.

Mike Flood
State Sen. Mike Flood, who won the D-1 Republican Race, seen with one of his supporters, Gov. Ricketts
Vargas Campaign Party
A festive mood at Sen. Tony Vargas' election night watch party, hosted at an arcade bar in south Omaha. (photo by Elizabeth Rembert- Nebraska Public Media News)