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2020 United States Senate election in Nebraska

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Nominee Ben Sasse Chris Janicek
Party Republican Democrat
Popular vote 583,507 227,191
Percentage 62.7% 24.4%

 
Nominee Preston Love Jr.
(write-in)
Gene Siadek
Party Democrat Libertarian
Popular vote 58,411 55,115
Percentage 6.3% 5.9%

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County results
Sasse:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%

U.S. Senator before election

Ben Sasse
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Ben Sasse
Republican

An election happened on November 3, 2020 to elect a Senator from the U.S. state of Nebraska. The main two people in the election were Ben Sasse (Republican Party), Chris Janicek (Democratic Party). Sasse won the election and went back to the Senate for a second term.

This election was strange because Democratic nominee Chris Janicek, lost the support of his party after a number of scandals, write-in candidate Preston Love Jr., got the support of the state Democratic Party instead but Janicek was still on the ballot. Primary elections happened on March 12, 2020. There were two people in the Republican Party primary election. Ben Sasse won the primary election against Matt Innis. There was seven people in the Democratic Party primary election. Chris Janicek won the primary election. Gene Siadek was the only person in the Libertarian Party primary election. They won the Libertarian Party primary election.

Republican Party primary

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ben Sasse (incumbent) 215,207 75.21%
Republican Matt Innis 70,921 24.79%
Total votes 284,212 100.00%

Democratic Party primary

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Chris Janicek 46,247 30.69%
Democrat Angie Philips 35,929 23.84%
Democrat Alisha Shelton 34,284 22.75%
Democrat Andy Stock 17,156 11.38%
Democrat Larry Marvin 6,868 4.56%
Democrat Daniel Wik 5,765 3.83%
Democrat Dennis Macek 4,453 2.95%
Total votes 150,702 100.00%

Libertarian Party primary

Libertarian primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Gene Siadek 2,517 100.00%
Total votes 2,517 100.00%

Write-in candidates

Democratic Party

  • Preston Love Jr. endorsed by the Democratic Party after the allegations against Janicek.

Results

United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2020
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ben Sasse (incumbent) 583,507 62.74% -1.60%
Democrat Chris Janicek 227,191 24.43% -7.05%
Democrat Preston Love Jr. (write-in) 58,411 6.28% N/A
Libertarian Gene Siadek 55,115 5.93% N/A
Write-in 5,788 0.62% +0.54%
Total votes 930,012 100.0%
Republican hold
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