Eastman wins Democratic primary for Nebraska's 2nd District

Eastman wins Democratic primary for Nebraska's 2nd District

Eastman wins Democratic primary for Nebraska's 2nd District

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.

Jessica McClure held an early lead over Dennis Crawford in another two-person matchup between Democrats vying for U.S. House, in the Lincoln-centric 1st District.

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

Before Nebraska's first female governor - there was Virginia Smith.

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Although former U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford had both the money and the backing of national Democrats, Eastman defeated him 51 percent to 49 percent.

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

The 2nd District was the only truly competitive congressional seat in deep-red Nebraska, and this year the race for the Democratic nomination featured two well-funded candidates. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha.

It's primary election day in Nebraska.

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Her Democratic challengers include Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould, 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. Although Omaha's strong Democratic core is balanced out by more conservative suburbs, the district gives Democrats a fighting chance of capturing a congressional seat in a state that is otherwise overwhelmingly Republican.

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

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has easily won the Republican nomination to seek a second term in November.

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

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