According to the Nebraska Secretary of State's website, Brett Lindstrom led the pack in early

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results announced at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but Jim Pillen was only 0.5 per cent behind by 9:30 p.m

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and Charles Herbster was third with 26.5 per cent.

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Soon after, Pillen closed the distance, and The Associated Press declared the race for him at about 10:30 p.m.

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Pillen, a University of Nebraska regent, received 84,460 votes, or one-third of the Republican vote in Nebraska.

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Despite his early lead in the count, Lindstrom had fallen to third place when Pillen was named the winner, 

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and he delivered his concession speech shortly after. He received 26 per cent of state GOP ballots, or 66,069 votes, after the night.

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Herbster started the night in third place, but when more rural-centred counties' ballots were counted

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he gained on Lindstrom and ended the night with 30.4 per cent — or 77,058 votes.

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Democrat Carol Blood, on the other hand, received 81,557 votes.

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Bulldog Communications' Ryan Horn stated, "The same individuals." "The truth is, predicting what will happen is quite tough.

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