The Secretary of State's office says enough signatures have been verified to put Jim Jenkins on the ballot as an independent candidate this November. Jenkins turned in nearly 6,000 signatures. Only 4,000 valid signatures were required.
"Nebraskans will now have an additional choice in November. I will focus on bringing people together not partisan bickering and division. I will work to unite Republicans, Democrats, and Independents who are committed to putting the interests of the country ahead of partisan self-interests,” Jenkins said Thursday.
He then welcomed Republicans, Democrats and Independents to join his campaign.
Todd Watson is another independent candidate looking for a spot on the ballot. He has submitted more than 5,000 signatures.
Those signatures will be processed and sent to county election officials for verification. If enough signatures are verified, the Secretary of State’s office will notify Watson that he will appear on the ballot.
Jenkins and Watson, if verified, will face off against Republican Ben Sasse and Democrat David Domina for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns.