Eastman wins Democratic primary for Nebraska's 2nd District

Eastman wins Democratic primary for Nebraska's 2nd District

Omaha-area voters are set to pick a Democratic nominee who will challenge U.S. Rep. Don Bacon after the Republican claimed the seat from Democrats two years ago. Bacon unseated Ashford in 2016 by 1 point, while President Donald Trump was carrying the district by 2 points.

Eastman will take on Don Bacon who acknowledged the Second Congressional District has become one of the more competitive races in the country - bouncing between a Republican and Democrat victor since 2014.

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts easily won his party's nomination, and Democratic voters chose State Sen. Bob Krist will face off in the general election.

The surprising win could be a sign the Democratic party is going farther left and looking for outsiders like Eastman, who has never run for a political office. Deb Fischer this fall.

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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.

Key primaries in Nebraska's congressional districts remained too close to call at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Ricketts defeated Krystal Gabel of Omaha, a technical writer who advocates for medical marijuana and industrial hemp. Fischer held off four challengers to win yesterday's Republican primary.

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. Smith won yesterday's Republican primary with 66-percent of the vote and will take on Democrat Paul Theobald in November.

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Nebraska state Sen. John Murante won the Republican nomination for state treasurer and is all but certain to get the job in November.

(Lincoln, NE) - Governor Pete Ricketts will face a state lawmaker as he seeks a second term.

The primary could also give some shape to next year's state Legislature in races with more than two candidates.

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