Eastman wins 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary

Published: May. 15, 2018 at 11:46 PM CDT
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In a narrow victory, social worker Kara Eastman won the Nebraska Democratic primary race for the 2nd Congressional District over former Rep. Brad Ashford.

Eastman held a lead late Tuesday over Ashford before finally claiming the victory. Eastman will face first-term Republican Rep. Don Bacon, who was unopposed in his primary.

Bacon narrowly won the seat in 2016 from Ashford, who served one term in Congress.

Ashford presented himself as a centrist in the race, while Eastman pitched herself as a liberal newcomer in hopes of energizing Democratic voters in the toss-up district.

The district includes Omaha and several Republican-leaning suburbs.