And while the primary remained quite civil - his niece is close friends with her daughter - an Eastman win would set up a far different general election campaign, one national Democrats feel far less confident about.
The Democratic primary field is composed of state Sen. 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.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had added Ashford to its "Red to Blue" list, which highlights promising candidates and gives them access to key financial and organizational support. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha. Fortenberry was unopposed while Mcclure beat Dennis Crawford. 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. Smith won yesterday's Republican primary with 66-percent of the vote and will take on Democrat Paul Theobald in November.
Royal, who ran unsuccessfully for Omaha mayor past year, pointed to his experience as a financial adviser and accountant as a plus for the job. Big night for women in primary elections Former Dem rep's comeback bid foiled by Neb. primary loss Ashford, Eastman neck and neck in Nebraska Dem primary MORE.
The victor of the GOP contest will enter the general election as a heavy favorite. Two of those districts in rural Nebraska have six candidates each who are running.
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