TAMPA, Fla. — The 2014 governor's race in Nebraska is already getting interesting, and there isn't officially a declared candidate.
Two of Nebraska's biggest political figures appear to support different prospective Republican candidates.
Sen. Mike Johanns made it clear Thursday that he is a big fan of Mike Flood, the speaker of the Nebraska Legislature.
Gov. Dave Heineman has said in the past that his candidate is his lieutenant governor, Rick Sheehy.
Neither Sheehy nor Flood has announced his candidacy, but the two are considered the most likely Republicans to jump into a primary match.
The top prospect on the Democratic side is State Sen. Steve Lathrop, an Omaha attorney.
Johanns, a former governor, talked about his admiration for Flood shortly after giving a speech to the Nebraska and Alaska GOP delegations in Tampa.
“I'm just a big fan of Mike Flood's. I think he's a rock-solid guy,” Johanns said. “Mike Flood gets things done.”
However, Johanns' support came with a caveat: His comments were not an endorsement. Johanns said he just wanted to make plain how much he admires Flood.
Flood's legislative experience could prove invaluable in the Governor's Office, Johanns said.
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