LINCOLN — Don Stenberg, who has mounted four unsuccessful campaigns to become a U.S. senator, said Tuesday he’s not planning to mount a fifth.
But Stenberg, a Republican, said the door remains slightly open to join the race for Nebraska governor later this year.
“Very slightly,” said Stenberg, who was elected state treasurer in 2010.
The 65-year-old commented after he was asked Tuesday about his political future.
Stenberg, who served three terms as Nebraska attorney general, said he’s “leaning strongly” toward running for re-election for state treasurer.
He has run for U.S. Senate four times, in 1996, 2000, 2006 and 2012.
In 2000, Stenberg lost to then-U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson by about 15,000 votes, one of the closest Senate races in state history. But last year, he finished a distant third in the GOP primary, won by then-State Sen. Deb Fischer.
“I don’t see that that much has changed since the primary, a little over a year ago,” Stenberg said of his decision not to run for Senate.
But, he said, due to the volatility in the GOP race for governor, he’s keeping that option open.
Stenberg noted that at least four Republican candidates had expressed interest in the governor’s mansion before dropping out of the race.