Democratic Primary for Nebraska's 2nd District Remains Too Close to Call

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

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

Other top races included crowded fields in both parties for governor and Senate nominations, and a two-person race for treasurer that likely will mean a general election victory for the victor. That helps explain why Ricketts never mentioned his Democratic opponent during a victory speech at the Belvedere Club in Papillion. The victor of that primary will go on to challenge Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.

She will now face Rep. Don Bacon, a first-term Republican who defeated Ashford in the 2016 election.

Eastman contrasted herself against Ashford, a centrist and former Republican who focused on his legislative experience and willingness to work with conservatives. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha.

Former Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE) fell short in the primary for his comeback bid to a more progressive challenger Tuesday, a stunning disappointment to national Democrats that could be a blow to the party's chances of winning the GOP-leaning seat.

Fortenberry was unopposed in Tuesday's race. The candidates were Kirk Penner, an Aurora small business executive; Larry Lee Scott Bollinger, a property manager and author from Alliance; and Arron Kowalski, a Grand Island farmer.

But the race will be a true test of the progressive hypothesis, as many moderate Democrats and Republicans believe Eastman is too far to the left to win in a district that just voted Ashford out two years ago.

The victor of the GOP contest will enter the general election as a heavy favorite.

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