Former Dem rep's comeback bid foiled by Neb. primary loss

Sen. Deb Fischer R-Neb. accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. talks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nebraska voters on Tuesday

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. Bacon unseated Ashford in 2016 by 1 point, while President Donald Trump was carrying the district by 2 points.

Liberal nonprofit executive Kara Eastman (D) won the Democratic nomination by a scant 1126-vote margin, a number outside the window which would trigger an automatic recount under Nebraska law.

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts easily won his party's nomination, and Democratic voters chose State Sen. She will face Bacon in what many believe to be a flippable Republican district in November.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould secured the Democratic nomination and will challenge Republican Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, a former Republican and independent who joined the Democratic Party in February.

That's a major disappointment for national Democrats, who had banked on him making a comeback run this election. First District Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry had no challenger yesterday, but he will face the victor of the Democratic primary, Jessica McClure, in November. The victor of that primary will go on to challenge Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.

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

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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.

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

Knute Buehler has won the GOP gubernatorial primary, besting a crowded field vying to compete against incumbent Democrat Kate Brown in November.

Voters will also consider candidates in primary races for U.S. Senate, governor, state treasurer and legislative and congressional races.

"There are more women candidates running for office than we've seen in previous election cycles across the country".

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