2nd District is focus as Nebraska residents vote in primary


Former U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford hopes to win back his seat after Bacon defeated him in 2016, but political newcomer Kara Eastman has presented herself as a progressive alternative to the centrist Ashford. Ashford maintained his position as a seasoned moderate who would build relationships with Republicans.

The 2nd Congressional District race is the most high-profile contest among the Tuesday primaries in Nebraska and a potential bright spot for Democrats who are heavily outnumbered throughout the state.

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts easily won his party's nomination, and Democratic voters chose State Sen.

The potential problem for Democrats is that Eastman's outspoken liberalism may turn off general-election voters in Nebraska's 2nd District, which, while not ruby red, is still red.

Krist defeated two other Democratic candidates in Tuesday's primary election.

Eastman's victory over Ashford is one of the first major losses for the Democratic party establishment at the hands of a progressive challenger.

He faces fellow Republican Krystal Gabel in today's primary.

Jessica McClure, a former chemist with a law degree, defeated personal injury lawyer Dennis Crawford in the Democratic primary to run against Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who is seeking an eighth term in Congress.

The other Democratic hopefuls who ran were retired farmer, attorney and judge Frank Svoboda of Lincoln; retired Fremont real estate broker Larry Marvin; and Chris Janicek, the owner of an Omaha specialty cake business. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha.

Knute Buehler has won the GOP gubernatorial primary, besting a crowded field vying to compete against incumbent Democrat Kate Brown in November.

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer is one step closer to earning a second term in office.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is touting his conservative credentials on the national stage as he prepares for re-election.

The polls have closed in a Nebraska primary election that will set up races for U.S. Senate, governor and the U.S. House.