Election 2022 update: Young, Armendariz to face off for Lindstrom’s seat in Nebraska legislature

These are the latest results for the Legislative District 18 primary.
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 11:25 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The final Douglas County ballots before canvassing were counted Friday and further solidified who will be facing off in November.

Legislative District 18 saw a close race to see who would take over Brett Lindstrom’s seat.

Three candidates faced off, with only two getting the chance to move forward in the November election. Michael Young and Christy Armendariz will move forward, each holding only a narrow lead.

However, Douglas County results will only be made official at the completion of the election canvass on May 26. During the canvassing, some close races may qualify for an automatic recount, including the race for Dist. 18.

If a recount is conducted, it will be held on Wednesday, June 8.

  • Christy Armendariz: 2,379 votes
  • Clarice Jackson: 2,358 votes
  • Michael Young: 2,498 votes

Meanwhile, the Douglas County Sheriff primary sees Gonzales and Hanson facing off in November.

Fewer than 1,000 provisional ballots and some miscellaneous ballots were counted on May 20.

These ballots further reduced the gap between the two Democratic candidates and saw former OPD Deputy Chief Greg Gonzalez winning the close race against Douglas County Chief Deputy Wayne Hudson:

  • Gonzalez: 21,592 votes
  • Hudson: 20,160 votes

On the Republican side, the latest numbers further reinforced OPD Sergeant Aaron Hanson as the winning candidate. The gap in that race widened to more than 27,300 votes on Friday.

Hanson defeated retired OPD Lieutenant George Merithew, who made headlines recently after he was ticketed for driving 107 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone.

  • Hanson: 36,457 votes
  • Merithew: 9,089 votes

The winners of each race will square off in the November general election.

Friday’s numbers are the last update expected from the Douglas County Election Commission, which expects all its primary results will be certified later this month.

The election canvass is scheduled to be completed on May 26, at which time the election results will be official.

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