Neb. treasurer announces plan for US Senate run

Republican Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg has announced his plans to seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Ben Nelson. Stenberg is a former attorney general who was elected state treasurer in November.

His Tuesday announcement is no surprise. Stenberg has expressed his interest since Gov. Dave Heineman announced two days after his re-election in November that he would not run for the U.S. Senate.

Stenberg has run unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate three other times, first losing the Republican primary in 1996 to Chuck Hagel, who went on win election to the Senate. In 2000 Stenberg won the GOP primary but lost the general election race to Nelson.

In 2006 Stenberg tried again, losing the primary to Pete Ricketts, who lost the general election to Nelson.