Voters line up to sound off

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The election engines are running at full tilt as America heads to the polls for the mid-term vote. Not even the candidates were above spending time in line Tuesday as voters turned out in big numbers.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was among them. He showed up at his polling place at 67th and Dodge shortly after 8 a.m. and was among those who had to wait to cast his vote.

Ricketts said, “Signs are that it's going to be a great voter turnout. I think it's important that people turn out to vote. I encourage everybody to turn out to vote. We've been working hard to encourage people to turn out and vote Republican."

The governor’s challenger, Bob Krist, voted at 129th and State at Davis Middle School.

Krist is trying to become the first Democratic governor since Ben Nelson last held the office in 1999.

He said, “Voting's going to be up, which is a great thing - I think better than the mid-terms the last few times. I think that's fantastic. I think people are energized."

Republican Don Bacon is seeking his first re-election since winning Nebraska's District 2 in 2016. He returned home to vote Tuesday morning in Papillion.

Just like two years ago this congressional race is being watched all over the country. Polls show Bacon with a slim lead over his challenger, Kara Eastman, who upset Brad Ashford in the spring primary.

We found Eastman in line Tuesday morning at her polling place at 48th and Cass.

She tells 6 News her team has knocked on more than 200,000 doors in District 2 leading up to Election Day.

After voting she says she'll be talking with the volunteers and then wave signs around the metro. She said she felt confident heading into Tuesday night.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was upbeat as she went to the polls Tuesday. The Republican who took over for longtime governor Terry Branstand said, "I feel really good. I feel very optimistic. We were in 9 stops yesterday all across the state. We really had great turnout great momentum, great energy."

Democrat Fred Hubbell, looking to topple Reynolds, was glad Election Day had finally arrived. He said, "It's great to finally have the Election Day. It's been a long campaign and I think Iowans are ready to vote and let's move on. Get change in our state and put people first."

In Iowa's District 3 Congressional race, Democrat Cindy Axne voted Tuesday saying, "I think it is fantastic seeing so many of our community members and I am hearing people across the district are coming out in droves. I called a friend, she was waiting in line downtown about 100 people deep after the office had closed so I think people are inspired and people are ready to make sure thy have a voice in Washington."

Rep. David Young (R) Iowa wants that voice to continue being his. Casting his ballot Tuesday he said, "Be passionate about what you believe in and who you believe in and the issues that are important to you. Be civil. That's how we are pretty much in Iowa. The rest of the country should take note of that. How we do it here."

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King is banning Iowa's largest newspaper from his election night events in Sioux City.

The Des Moines Register reports it requested credentials to cover the event, but King's son, Jeff King, responded Tuesday with an email saying, "We are not granting credentials to the Des Moines Register or any other leftist propaganda media outlet with no concern for reporting the truth."

King has faced criticism from Republican officials and lost funding from business group after he tweeted support for a white nationalist candidate for Toronto mayor and praised a nationalist party in Austria with Nazi ties. Most of the criticism came in light of a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

King says media reports have been inaccurate and unfair.

King usually wins re-election by a wide margin in the conservative 4th Congressional District but his Democratic challenger this year, J.D. Scholten, is well funded and has run an energetic campaign.