Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) will not seek reelection in 2014, retiring after just one term in office and opening a seat that is likely to remain in Republican hands.
Johanns previously served as governor of Nebraska and Agriculture secretary. Johanns was a low-key presence in the Senate and voted a consistently conservative line. Johanns is the fifth senator to announce retirement plans in 2014, along with Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) is likely to pursue the seat in 2014. Nebraska is deep red and Democrats shouldn't get their hopes up. After all, a 2012 comeback bid by Bob Kerrey, a former senator and governor, ended up with him losing 58-42 to now-Sen. Deb Fischer.
And Democrats couldn't even capitalize on the Cornhusker State's split Electoral College allocation system, based on congressional districts, not the statewide vote. In 2008 Barack Obama picked off one of the state's five electoral votes by winning big in Omaha. But in 2012 the district returned to its Republican roots, handing its vote to Mitt Romney.