Former Dem rep's comeback bid foiled by Neb. primary loss

Former Dem rep's comeback bid foiled by Neb. primary loss

Democrats were excited that Ashford, a moderate Republican-turned-Democrat who lost by just one point last fall, would give Bacon a tough challenge.

Eastman, a social worker who runs the nonprofit Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, cast herself as a progressive alternative to the centrist Ashford, who also has been registered as a Republican and independent.

Stack, a former Philadelphia state senator, has had a chilly relationship with Wolf in their first term together.

The race was among the highest-profile contests in Nebraska's primary election on Tuesday.

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts handily won the party's nomination to seek a second four-year term.

Republican Sen. Deb Fischer will try to earn a second term in November against Democratic Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.

They had gone all-in for Ashford in recent months - the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tacitly endorsed him over Eastman early this year by putting him on their "red-to-blue" program, and a number of members helped Ashford raise money for the race. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha.

Key primaries in Nebraska's congressional districts remained too close to call at 10 p.m. Tuesday. She ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014 as part of Democrat Chuck Hassebrook's gubernatorial campaign.

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

The other Democratic hopefuls who ran were retired farmer, attorney and judge Frank Svoboda of Lincoln; retired Fremont real estate broker Larry Marvin; and Chris Janicek, the owner of an Omaha specialty cake business.

Fischer easily defeated four GOP primary challengers and enjoys a substantial fundraising advantage and statewide name recognition. The veteran state lawmaker campaigned on promises that he would take a less partisan approach to state government than Ricketts.

The polls have closed in a Nebraska primary election that will set up races for U.S. Senate, governor and the U.S. House.

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