2nd District is focus as Nebraska residents vote in primary

2nd District is focus as Nebraska residents vote in primary

2nd District is focus as Nebraska residents vote in primary

Thirty-two years ago Nebraska voters put Kay Orr in the governor's seat, the first Republican governor to be elected in the U.S. Her challenger that year was another woman.

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. While he served just one term in Congress, he has a long career in the state legislature, serving as an independent, a Republican and a Democrat.

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.

In the gubernatorial race, GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts and Democratic state Sen. She will take on Lincoln City Council Member Jane Raybould in the November general election.

Krist defeated two other Democratic candidates in Tuesday's primary election. Krist is a former Republican who joined the Democratic Party earlier this year. Deb Fischer, who is running for re-election. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha.

Raybould, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014, helps run a Nebraska grocery store chain founded by her late father.

The other Democrats were Frank Svoboda, a retired farmer, attorney and judge from Lincoln; Larry Marvin, a retired real estate broker from Fremont; and Chris Janicek, of Omaha, who owns a specialty cake business.

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

In the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Adrian Smith bested three GOP challengers.

Democrat Paul Theobald is unopposed for his party's nomination but will be a giant underdog in the overwhelmingly Republican district.

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

Nebraska voters started heading to the polls at 8am this morning to cast ballots in the state's primary election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had added Ashford to its "Red to Blue" list, which highlights promising candidates and gives them access to key financial and organizational support.

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