Evnen wins Nebraska Secretary of State race

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican Bob Evnen has been chosen as Nebraska's Secretary of State.

Evnen defeated Democratic challenger Spencer Danner in Tuesday's contest to replace Republican Secretary of State John Gale, who is retiring.

Evnen, a Lincoln attorney, touted his support for requiring voters to show identification at the polls. Gale supported similar proposals, but they always stalled in the Legislature.

Evnen also highlighted his work as a co-founder of Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, the group that campaigned successfully to overturn the Legislature's 2015 vote to abolish capital punishment. As secretary of state, Evnen will serve on the Nebraska Board of Pardons, which has the power to commute sentences.

Danner, of Omaha, promised to push for automatic voter registration for residents when they go to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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