Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nebraska Primary Sets Up Showdown for Governor

Nebraska Primary Sets Up Showdown for Governor

In 2015, Ashford upset eight-term Republican Congressman Lee Terry, and served one two-year term, only to then be defeated by Bacon with a margin of less than 4,000 votes.

Fischer faces a primary challenge from four fellow Republicans but is expected to win the party's nomination as she seeks a second term. Raybould emerged from a field of four candidates to win the Democratic nomination.

Eastman won 51.4% of the vote while former Rep. Brad Ashford won just 48.6% of the vote - a difference of about 1,100 votes, according to the New York Times.

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. But, based on past elections, he knows he'll have to work hard to hold onto this swing district seat. 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 Primary Sets Up Showdown for Governor

Nebraska voters set up a November gubernatorial showdown between Gov. Pete Ricketts and State Sen.

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

Other top races included crowded fields in both parties for governor and Senate nominations, and a two-person race for treasurer that likely will mean a general election victory for the victor.

The surprising win could be a sign the Democratic party is going farther left and looking for outsiders like Eastman, who has never run for a political office.

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