Political Newcomer Wins Second District Democratic Primary

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May 16, 2018 - 12:55am

Political newcomer Kara Eastman has defeated seasoned legislator Brad Ashford 51 percent to 49 percent in the Democratic primary for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District race.


As of early Wednesday morning, the secretary of state’s website reported all votes in the Douglas and Sarpy County precincts had been counted.

The Democratic candidates had been locked in a virtual tie most of the night.

Eastman will face the incumbent, Republican Don Bacon, in the general election in November.

Over the years, The 2nd District has had its share of change.

In 2015, Ashford upset eight-term Republican Congressman Lee Terry, and served one two-year term, only to then be defeated by Bacon with a margin of less than 4,000 votes.

Bacon told NET News late Tuesday night he was still keeping an eye on the tight Democratic primary while presiding over the House in Washington.

Bacon says his core message will not change going into the general election. But, based on past elections, he knows he’ll have to work hard to hold onto this swing district seat.

"If you go back to 2010 till now and look at the margins of victory, we're the sixth most competitive seat of 435 in the House. So I just assume we'll have a tight race and I've got to work hard. I feel good where we're at right now," Bacon said.

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