Lots of candidates equals lots of debates.
The Nebraska Republican Party announced Monday that it planned to organize three debates each for the GOP candidates running for U.S. Senate and governor.
The six debates will be held across the state from January until late April. The primary is in May.
In all, five Republicans are running for governor: State Auditor Mike Foley, Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts and State Sens. Charlie Janssen, Tom Carlson and Beau McCoy. A sixth — Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone — is considering a bid.
Four Republicans are running for U.S. Senate: Omaha attorney Bart McLeay, Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale, former State Treasurer Shane Osborn and Midland University President Ben Sasse.
"I look forward to these debates providing our candidates with a venue to discuss the issues important to Nebraska," said J.L. Spray, chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party.
So far, no debates have been organized for the Democrats in the field. Two Democrats are running for governor: State Sen. Annette Dubas and Chuck Hassebrook, a former member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
One Democrat, Omaha attorney David Domina, is considering a bid for U.S. Senate.
The three gubernatorial debates:
Feb. 19 — Papillion, Papillion-LaVista South High School
March 23 — Broken Bow, One Box Convention Center
April 23 — Norfolk, Johnny Carson Theatre
The three Senate debates:
Jan. 29 — Gering Civic Center
March 11 — Omaha, UNO Thompson Alumni Center April 7 — Lincoln, Champions Club