Smith wins primary in Nebraska's 3rd District

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

Eastman will face first-term Republican Rep. Don Bacon, who ran unopposed in his primary.

Eastman's victory early Wednesday over former Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford followed a long campaign in which Eastman billed herself as a progressive political newcomer.

Buehler, who ran for secretary of state in 2012, was the most centrist of the Republican front-runners. Bacon unseated Ashford in 2016 by 1 point, while President Donald Trump was carrying the district by 2 points.

Kara Eastman, who fully supports abortion and universal healthcare, won the Democratic nomination for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District in a surprise upset in the Democratic primary. She will face Bacon in what many believe to be a flippable Republican district in November.

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

Ricketts ran against Krystal Gabel of Omaha, a registered Republican who has volunteered to create the Legal Marijuana Now Party of Nebraska.

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.

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

The two other Democrats who ran were Vanessa Ward, a pastor and community activist from Omaha, and Tyler Davis, a University of Nebraska at Omaha instructor. True, Barack Obama carried it 50 to 49 percent in 2008 - but that was 10 years ago and in an election where Democrats won the popular vote by 7 percentage points.

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

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer is one step closer to earning a second term in office.

The primary could also give some shape to next year's state Legislature in races with more than two candidates.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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