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Somewhere, Lynn Swann is sweating a little: Yesterday, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, who had rocketed up Nebraska's political ladder the last few years basically by showing up at events and saying, "Go 'Huskers!", lost the state's Republican primary for governor to incumbent governor Dave Heineman. Osborne's loss probably ends his political career, and not just because he lost to a guy named "Heine."

"This is a tough one to take," Osborne acknowledged. "It's hard. It's hard to lose the last one."

Osborne actually did well in Nebraska's "urban" areas like Omaha and Lincoln, but lost the race in the state's rural areas, which answers a question we'd always had: There is, in fact, a person on the planet less urban than Tom Osborne.


Gov. Turns Back Osborne [Lincoln Journal Star]
Nebraska Republicans Say No To Osborne [The Wizard Of Odds]
Olbermann Vs. Swann: Battle Of The Intellects [Deadspin]