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Eastman wins Democratic primary for Nebraska's 2nd District

17 May 2018

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts handily won the party's nomination to seek a second four-year term.

Progressive candidate Kara Eastman has won the Democratic primary for Nebraska's second congressional district, narrowly beating a former Democratic congressman who won the district in 2014.

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts (clockwise from top left) will be challenged by Democrat Bob Krist in November.

Eastman, a social worker who runs the nonprofit Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, cast herself as a progressive alternative to the centrist Ashford, who also has been registered as a Republican and independent.

Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor has become the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election.

Krist, a state senator easily beat out Vanessa Ward and Tyler Davis to earn the Democratic nomination.

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.

Ricketts defeated Krystal Gabel of Omaha, a technical writer who advocates for medical marijuana and industrial hemp.

Ricketts, the Republican incumbent, enjoys considerable advantages heading into the November 6 general election, including better name recognition and more money in his campaign coffer.

Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska has won the Republican nomination in her bid for a second term in office. The district is heavily Republican.

GOP incumbent Don Bacon ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Wolf leads a unified Democratic Party into the fall.

Fischer defeated four GOP challengers in Tuesday's primary election and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska.

She defeated retired Omaha math professor Jack Heidel; writer and retired air conditioning technician Dennis Frank Macek; former finance manager Jeffrey Lynn Stein; and Lincoln businessman Todd Watson.

For U.S. Senate, incumbent Republican Deb Fischer is being challenged by four fellow Republicans.

The new districts are expected to give Democrats their best shot in years of picking up seats long held by Republicans.

She joins about a dozen women who will be on the ballot for the Legislature in the fall. McClure will face Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry in the general election.

TURNOUT: Predictions of low voter turnout were mostly accurate across Nebraska on Tuesday night in a primary election with few competitive races.

In Pennsylvania, 84 candidates are vying for nominations in 18 U.S. House districts following the state's court-ordered redrawing of congressional maps.

Murante outraised Royal and won the endorsements of the state's top political leaders, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, current State Treasurer Don Stenberg and former Gov. Kay Orr.

LANCASTER COUNTY TREASURER: Incumbent county Treasurer Andy Stebbing came in third place behind Republican challengers Matt Schulte, who will advance to the general election, and Allen Simpson, who will not.

Casey carries her ballot after casting her vote in the lobby of the McDonald Theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Tuesday.

Eastman wins Democratic primary for Nebraska's 2nd District