Last-Minute Gubernatorial Candidates Enter Races in Nebraska, Colorado
By Joey Peters, Special to Stateline
For the first time in decades, Nebraska Democrats this past weekend nominated their gubernatorial candidate at the party's convention. The Democrats' choice of Mike Meister represented a last-minute bid to put up a challenger to Republican Governor Dave Heineman.
Meister replaces Mark Lakers, who won the Democratic primary in May but resigned the next month amid questions over campaign funding. Disclosure reports listed donors to Lakers' campaign who later claimed they never donated to his candidacy.
Meister, who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2002 and Scottsbluff county attorney in 2006, faces an uphill battle with limited time and funding against Heineman, the Omaha World-Herald reports .
Yesterday in Colorado, much to the dismay of state Republicans, Tom Tancredo joined the race for governor as a third-party candidate, reports the Denver Post . The conservative ex-congressman comes to the stage in the midst of a brawling Republican primary between candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes. Both have been accused of plagiarism and ethics violations. Tancredo gave them a timeline to drop out of the GOP race, telling them that if they didn't get out, he'd get in.