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United States Senate election in Nebraska, 1988

United States Senate election in Nebraska, 1988

November 3, 1988

Nominee Bob Kerrey David Karnes
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 378,717 278,250
Percentage 56.71% 41.66%

Senator before election

David Karnes

Elected Senator

Bob Kerrey

The 1988 United States Senate election in Nebraska was held on November 3, 1988 to select the U.S. Senator from the state. Republican U.S. Senator David Karnes decided to seek re-election for his first complete term after being appointed to the seat of the late Edward Zorinsky in March 1987, but was soundly defeated by former governor Bob Kerrey in the November general election. [1]


  • Candidates 1
    • Democratic 1.1
    • New Alliance 1.2
    • Republican 1.3
      • Republican Primary 1.3.1
  • Results 2
  • References 3



New Alliance


  • David Karnes – incumbent U.S. Senator since 1987.
  • Hal Daub - congressman from the second district.[2]

Republican Primary

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Karnes 117,439 55%
Republican Hal Daub 96,436 45%


Nebraska United States Senate election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Kerrey 378,717 56.71
Republican David Karnes 278,250 41.66
New Alliance Ernie Chambers 10,372 1.55
Write-In Candidates 521 0.08
Majority 100,467 15.04
Turnout 667,860


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