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NE Republican Party hopes to reschedule canceled debates

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The Nebraska Republican Party is looking to reschedule two debates after canceling a gubernatorial debate planned for this week and a U.S. Senate debate initially scheduled for April 7, 2014.

State GOP Executive Director Robert 'Bud' Synhorst says plans for Wednesday's gubernatorial debate in Papillion, "just fell apart."

Synhorst says, "instead of putting on something that wasn't going to be effective,'' the party opted to cancel it.

Republican candidates who had planned to participate in the debate include Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts, State Auditor Mike Foley, Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone and Nebraska state Senators Tom Carlson and Beau McCoy.

Synhorst says two other planned GOP gubernatorial debates, set for March 23 in Broken Bow and April 23 in Norfolk, are still scheduled to take place.

Synhorst goes-on to discuss the recently canceled U.S. Senate debate in Lincoln.

He says the party decided to cancel the debate after realizing it would coincide with the NCAA men's basketball championship game.

One senate debate was held in January 29, 2014 in Gering.  Synhorst says a second debate for March 11 in Omaha is still planned.

Debate participants include Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale, Omaha attorney Bart McLeay, former State Treasurer Shane Osborne and Midland University President Ben Sasse.

They're all vying for the Republican nomination to replace Republican U.S. Senator Mike Johanns who is not seeking a second term. The primary election is scheduled for May 13th.


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