Progressive challenger ekes out victory over former incumbent in Nebraska primary

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

Nebraska voters set up a November gubernatorial showdown between Gov. Pete Ricketts and State Sen. "My two Democratic opponents both would have opposed either one of those".

For the U-S House seat in District 1 Jessica McClure wins the Democrat primary and faces Republican incumbent Jeff Fortenberry in the general election. That helps explain why Ricketts never mentioned his Democratic opponent during a victory speech at the Belvedere Club in Papillion.

Fischer easily defeated four GOP primary challengers and enjoys a substantial fundraising advantage and statewide name recognition.

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

Ashford had the backing of national Democratic leaders, including his former colleagues in Congress who donated to his campaign. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha. Social worker Kara Eastman earned 51 percent of the vote to defeat former Congressman Brad Ashford in yesterday's Democratic primary. 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.

Ashford had been the first Democrat in two decades to win the district, which encompasses much of the Omaha metro area. John Murante of Gretna held a steady lead over fellow Republican Taylor Royal in a race that will effectively decide the next state treasurer.

Royal, who ran unsuccessfully for Omaha mayor previous year, pointed to his experience as a financial adviser and accountant as a plus for the job.

Primary election night in Nebraska provided few surprises.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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