LINCOLN -- Sudden changes in the landscape of the 2014 gubernatorial race. One Republican candidate steps down before officially announcing, while another Republican state lawmaker plans to throw his name into the hat. Falls City businessman Charles Herbster has withdrawn from the race. He assembled a campaign staff, but had not formally announced that he was running. A spokesperson says Herbster isn't running in the 2014 race because his wife is recovering from recent health issues. Meanwhile, Omaha Sen. Beau McCoy is planning to jump into the 2014 Nebraska governor's race. A spokesman says McCoy will file campaign paperwork with the state in advance of a formal announcement. McCoy will compete against fellow lawmakers Charlie Janssen of Fremont and Tom Carlson of Holdrege in the GOP primary. Republican Pete Ricketts of Omaha is also expected to join the governor's race.
Charles Herbster (left), Beau McCoy (Courtesy Photos)