OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Jon Bruning has scored major endorsements from Gov. Dave Heineman and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert in the fiercely contested GOP primary race.
The announcement on Wednesday could give a substantial boost to Bruning, a three-term attorney general who is locked in a six-man primary race to replace Heineman.
Heineman says he endorsed Bruning because of his experience in state government, which also includes six years as a state senator. Stothert says Bruning worked his way up, and is likely to maintain Nebraska's tradition of governing conservatively.
Bruning is competing for the GOP nomination with Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts, state Sens. Beau McCoy and Tom Carlson, State Auditor Mike Foley and Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone.
In a statement, Ricketts cast Bruning as a ``status quo'' candidate.