Progressive challenger ekes out victory over former incumbent in Nebraska primary

Primary Election 2018: Voter's guide

In the primary for U-S Senate Republican incumbent Deb Fischer advances easily past Jack Heidel, Dennis Macek, Jeffrey Stein and Todd Watson. Social worker Kara Eastman earned 51 percent of the vote to defeat former Congressman Brad Ashford in yesterday's Democratic primary. She will face Bacon in what many believe to be a flippable Republican district in November. "My two Democratic opponents both would have opposed either one of those".

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.

(Lincoln, NE) - Governor Pete Ricketts will face a state lawmaker as he seeks a second term.

Eastman's supporters framed her victory as proof of the argument that Democratic primary voters want a candidate that adheres to their values over one that may compromise for electability.

Ashford had the backing of national Democratic leaders, including his former colleagues in Congress who donated to his campaign. They also have sharply criticized the Republican tax law approved previous year. 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.

Rep. Adrian Smith led in the 3rd District Republican primary with roughly two-thirds of the vote.

Murante defeated Taylor Royal, a certified public accountant from Omaha.

The Democratic candidates had been locked in a virtual tie most of the night.

Tuesday is the primary election day for the Nebraska midterm general election.

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