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Democrat Carol Blood has chosen a former senator and rancher from western Nebraska to be her running mate in the Nebraska gubernatorial race.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Democrat Carol Blood has chosen a former senator and rancher from western Nebraska to be her running mate in the Nebraska gubernatorial race.

Blood, who currently sits in the Legislative Assembly, announced his choice on Sunday. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Al Davis was registered as a Republican when he represented the Sandhills for one term, but is now registered as a Democrat.

Davis lost his seat to Tom Brewer in 2016 after facing negative publicity during the campaign over issues he clashed with Gov. Pete Ricketts on.

Since leaving office, Davis has remained politically active and most recently served as a lobbyist for the Nebraska chapter of the Sierra Club.

Blood faces a big challenge because voters in the state haven’t backed a Democrat for governor since the 1990s.

Five Republicans are vying for the GOP primary nomination. State Senator Brett Lindstrom of Omaha is the only one to have declared a running mate. The other leading Republican candidates are businessmen Charles Herbster and Jim Pillen, former state senator Theresa Thibodeau and chief information officer Breland Ridenour.

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