Nebraska 2nd CD 2018; Primary May 15

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Nebraska 2nd CD 2018; Primary May 15

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Post by Addie » Wed May 16, 2018 9:19 am

Omaha World-Herald
Eastman rides a progressive wave to the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District

Kara Eastman pulled off a surprise primary victory Tuesday as Omaha-area Democrats tapped the nonprofit executive to take on incumbent Republican Rep. Don Bacon.

Eastman and former Rep. Brad Ashford traded off the lead through Tuesday night. But her lead became insurmountable by the final unofficial results. ...

Ashford had several advantages in the race: superior name recognition built up over decades of public life, the support of party bosses and robust campaign contributions from former colleagues and interest groups.

But Eastman overcame all that with a spirited grass-roots campaign. She regularly walked neighborhoods around town, knocking on doors and garnering votes one by one. She blanketed area lawns with her yard signs.

And she tapped into a growing wave of voters who want to push the Democratic party to the left and elect more women.

While Ashford pitched himself as a moderate voice of bipartisan cooperation, Eastman touted her status as the only lifelong Democrat in the race and took a harder line on the issues.


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Post by Addie » Wed May 16, 2018 9:34 am

Politico
Women sweep to victory in House primaries ...



In Nebraska, meanwhile, former Rep. Brad Ashford was on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red-to-Blue” list of favored challengers to GOP incumbents. But with 100 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, the race was called for Eastman, a staunch liberal who led Ashford by 1,126 votes. ...

In Nebraska, Ashford’s comeback bid for the Omaha-based seat he held for one term earlier this decade ran head-long into opposition from the left. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Eastman, who ran a true-blue progressive campaign, led Ashford — a Republican, independent and Democrat over the course of his legislative and congressional career — by 1,126 votes.

Democrats had seen Ashford as a stronger candidate in the general election against Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), who beat Ashford in 2016.


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Re: Nebraska 2nd CD 2018; Primary May 15

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Post by ZekeB » Wed May 16, 2018 11:35 am

I was in Omaha last weekend. Bacon’s claim to fame scare tactic ads stated that he needed to be returned to office because Democrats are going to rescind the tax cuts. Nary a mention of the word Trump was seen.


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Post by Addie » Wed May 16, 2018 2:09 pm

Newsweek
Who is Kara Eastman? First-Time Female Candidate Stuns Democratic Establishment in Nebraska’s Primaries ...

When Eastman announced her campaign last year, she traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak to members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to try to garner support for her candidacy. At the time, she was the only candidate who had filed to run on the Democratic ticket in the district. She said the DCCC told her that, should there be a contested primary, they'd likely stay out of it. Eastman said the staffers checked in with her about once every couple of weeks until, eventually, the communication dropped off in December.

A month later, the DCCC named Brad Ashford—a former congressman who lost his 2016 race to Don Bacon, the current Republican incumbent—to its Red to Blue program. ...

But it wasn't just the DCCC: Major national progressive organizations like NARAL Pro-Choice America didn't endorse Eastman, according to a report from The Intercept earlier this month, and other women's groups and pro-choice organizations like EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood Action Fund didn't respond to the outlet's requests for comment about whether they'd be backing a candidate in Nebraska's 2nd District. ...

Eastman will go on to face off against Ashford's former adversary, Bacon, in a district Cook Political Report has deemed a toss-up. In March, Eastman said she believes she's exactly the kind of candidate who can excite the district's Democratic base and swing it away from Republican control.

"The desire to support more conservative candidates seems like the desire to keep the status quo," Eastman said. "What we need right now is change."


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Re: Nebraska 2nd CD 2018; Primary May 15

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Post by TheNewSaint » Wed May 16, 2018 2:29 pm

Ashford spent so much of his time in Congress trying to be bipartisan that he voted for the pre-Trump GOP's worst deeds, like turning away the Syrian refugees. Nuts to him.

Don Bacon is one of many rubber stamps owned by the Koch Brothers.



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