Farm Bureau Endorses Pillen in GOP Gubernatorial Race | Regional government
The Nebraska Farm Bureau endorsed Jim Pillen in the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, handing the Columbus hog producer a rich prize in his contest with Falls City agribusinessman Charles Herbster and a group of other GOP candidates.
The Farm Bureau has 55,000 member families and is a major voice in Republican politics, with its endorsement playing an outsized role in statewide GOP primary races that are often dominated by rural voters.
Results of a poll of all its members “clearly indicated that Jim Pillen is the guy,” Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue of Central City said at a Capitol Rotunda news conference. .
“Wow!” Pillen replied “It’s a big deal for our campaign.”
Herbster will be able to counter his earlier endorsement of former President Donald Trump, with whom he worked as an agricultural adviser, by leaning on Trump’s popularity in rural Nebraska to help secure votes in the May 10 primary.
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After the press conference, Pillen and McHargue embarked on a statewide tour that took them to South Sioux City, North Platte, Scottsbluff and Kearney later that day.
On Wednesday they will pass through stops in Columbus, Broken Bow, Lexington, Grand Island, Beatrice and Fremont.
“We don’t take the jump into the primary lightly,” McHargue said, and the Farm Bureau only did so after polling its members.
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McHargue said he also sat down with Pillen for “a few hours over supper” before the ruling and engaged in “a whole conversation about rural communities.”
McHargue said Pillen “understands that we have a broken tax system and there is an overreliance on property taxes (and) he understands that if agriculture is doing well, our state is doing well” .
Pillen, who has previously campaigned in all 93 counties, said it was important “not just to survive, but to thrive”.
“It’s important that the next governor stands up for agriculture,” McHargue replied.
“The Nebraska Farm Bureau is all-inclusive,” he said. “We will be part of the campaign.”
Pillen and Herbster are generally seen as Republican frontrunners, with both candidates already generating well-funded campaigns with a strong television ad presence.
State Senator Brett Lindstrom, former State Senator Theresa Thibodeau and Breland Ridenour, all of Omaha, as well as Michael Connelly of York, Donna Nicole Carpenter of Lincoln and Lela McNinch of Lincoln are also in the hunt for GOP.
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