Democratic gubernatorial candidates tout rural backgrounds

Sep 24, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's two Democratic candidates for governor are emphasizing their rural backgrounds as they campaign across the state.

Nebraska state Sen. Annette Dubas kicked off a statewide tour this week after formally announcing her candidacy at her family farm in Fullerton. Former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook launched his campaign in June, and has talked about his experience with the Center for Rural Affairs in his hometown of Lyons.

Both candidates are looking to replace Gov. Dave Heineman, who can't seek re-election due to term limits.

University of Nebraska Omaha political science professor Paul Landow says both candidates have demonstrated an ability to win in rural districts, and their knowledge of rural issues could help win votes in the Republican-dominated state.

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