Following years of non-competitive republican primaries for the attorney general seat, current attorney general Jon Bruning's decision to run for governor has set the stage for a heated race among republicans vying for the position.
The GOP could see four candidates facing off in the primaries.
Lincoln attorney Doug Peterson and state Sen. Pete Pirsch of Omaha have
already declared. Omaha attorney Brian Buescher and Lincoln attorney
Mike Hilgers are both looking seriously at the race.
race would become the first contested primary for Republicans since
1990, when Don Stenberg defeated then-Lancaster County Attorney Mike
Heavican and Lincoln attorney John DeCamp for the job.
Since 1990, Stenberg, and then Bruning, ran unopposed each year.
attorney Janet Stewart is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, which is only three months away.