No governor's debate in Papillion tonight.
Republican organizers have canceled the event, saying they needed more time to find panelists and to work with a media partner to televise the debate. They also said they hoped to schedule a debate in the Omaha area later this spring, but had not come up with a firm date.
"We were just running out of time," said Bud Synhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party. "We felt it was best to cancel it, rather than put on a bad event."
In addition, Synhorst said they also decided to cancel a U.S. Senate debate scheduled for April 7 in Lincoln. It was feared the debate would have trouble competing for attention with the NCAA championship basketball game, which is also slated for that night.
"We wouldn't have had very good attendance. I just think it wouldn't work," he said.
The Nebraska Republican Party had taken the lead in scheduling debates for their U.S. Senate and governor candidates. Six Republicans are running for governor, while four are seeking the U.S. Senate.
They had hoped to have three debates, held across the state, for each of the races.
So far, one Senate debate has been held in Gering.
The party's first governor's debate now will be held in Broken Bow on March 23.
Democrats are not holding similar debates because they do not have contested primary races. They have a single candidate in the governor's race – former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook – and one candidate in the U.S. Senate race, Omaha attorney David Domina.
The primary is set for May 13.