Charles Herbster says ‘people of Nebraska are not fooled’ by allegations

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Charles Herbster denounced the bitterness of the Republican gubernatorial primary on Monday and told Channel 8 that if he wins, he’ll try to keep it clean in the fall.

“I don’t like it; I don’t think Nebraskans like it,” he said of negative campaigning.

Herbster has been accused of groping eight women, allegations that he called “crap.”

“The people of Nebraska are not fooled by this,” he said.

One recent ad from the group Conservative Nebraska raises questions about Herbster’s past involvement in beauty pageants.

Gov. Pete Ricketts, who has acknowledged donating to Conservative Nebraska, even weighed in.

“And now we have come to find out that he has gone off to places as far as Bangkok to judge teenage girls in beauty pageants,” Ricketts said. “Alright folks, I don’t know about you, but isn’t that just weird?”

Herbster said the ad was “hurting these young girls” in pageants.

“In my opinion, they’re hurting the pageantry of young ladies all across the United States,” he said.

Herbster said that as a Christian, he will forgive and forget after the heated primary and pledged to support whoever the Republican nominee is.

Herbster said he will do “everything possible” to focus on the issues during the general election.

But he said that if State Sen. Carol Blood, the likely Democratic nominee, attacks him, “I’m going to defend myself.”

Herbster said that as a Christian, he will forgive and forget after the heated primary and pledged to support whoever the Republican nominee is.

If elected, Herbster said he would look into policies to prevent people from switching parties to influence the primary.

He suggested a waiting period requiring people changing parties to sit out the next election.

Thousands of Nebraska Democrats and nonpartisans have changed their registration to Republican in recent months.

Nebraska has not elected a Democratic governor since Ben Nelson won a second term in 1994, and the Republican nominee is typically considered a shoo-in.

The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The first results will be available moments after the polls close.

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