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Sheehy's resignation changes 2014 gubernatorial race

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By: Megan Palera

This week's shakeup at the state capitol means Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy is no longer the front runner to replace Governor Dave Heineman.

Now Nebraska Democrats say 2014 is their year.

"When one party has been in power too long and has too much power... The reality is arrogance sets in and when you have arrogance, you have corruption and you have scandal," Nebraska Democratic Party State Chair, Vince Powers said.

Two names throw into the hat on the democrats side are State Senator Steve Lathrop and former Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook, who made a brief run for the U.S. Senate last year.

"Let me give some advice to all the Republicans out there. Save your time, save your money; you're gonna lose to a Democrat. Do something else," Powers said.

But Republicans are saying not so fast. Sheehy made have had a leg up on the competition, but the field of GOP candidates is still very strong.

"We are a strong party in the state because we like competitive primaries," GOP State Chairman, Mark Fahleson said.

Fahleson says the competition just got stronger following Saturday's bombshell of Sheehy's resignation. The list includes State Senator Charlie Janssen, State Senator Beau McCoy and Nebraska Regent Tim Clare.

"We hold every statewide office. We hold every federal office in Nebraska. The reason is, is that our policies and our positions line up best with how the Nebraska citizen wants," Fahleson said.

We tried contacting Attorney General Jon Bruning's office to see if he would consider running for governor and did not get a call back. State Treasurer Don Stenberg says he's not ready to make a comment on a potential bid.

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