Far-Left Progressive Wins Democratic House Primary In Nebraska - Upsetting DNC Candidate

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2018

Thirty-two years ago Nebraska voters put Kay Orr in the governor's seat, the first Republican governor to be elected in the U.S. Her challenger that year was another woman.

Eastman ran as the progressive alternative to Ashford, seizing on the enthusiasm within the party stoked by opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpOregon governor to face state rep in November Ashford, Eastman neck and neck in Nebraska Dem primary Progressive pick Wild wins Dem primary for Pa. House seat MORE and arguing that a true progressive candidate from outside politics can help carry the party's flag forward. Ashford maintained his position as a seasoned moderate who would build relationships with Republicans.

Progressive candidate Kara Eastman has won the Democratic primary for Nebraska's second congressional district, narrowly beating a former Democratic congressman who won the district in 2014.

In the gubernatorial race, GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts and Democratic state Sen.

Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould won the Democratic primary to try and unseat Republican Sen.

That's a major disappointment for national Democrats, who had banked on him making a comeback run this election.

He faces fellow Republican Krystal Gabel in today's primary.

Democrats Vanessa Gayle Ward, an Omaha community activist, and University of Nebraska at Omaha instructor Tyler Davis were also seeking the nomination in their first bids for public office.

Eastman defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford in Tuesday's primary election with a campaign that cast her as a champion of liberal ideals, including supporting a single-payer health care system. Two of those districts in rural Nebraska have six candidates each who are running.

Raybould defeated three Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary race for the seat held by Republican Sen.

Knute Buehler has won the GOP gubernatorial primary, besting a crowded field vying to compete against incumbent Democrat Kate Brown in November. The veteran state lawmaker campaigned on promises that he would take a less partisan approach to state government than Ricketts.

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