Nebraska Democrat Kara Eastman wins House primary to take on Don Bacon

Nebraska Democrat Kara Eastman on Tuesday won the Democratic primary in the state’s 2nd District to take on Rep. Don Bacon (R), setting up a rematch from 2018.

Eastman, a progressive, defeated attorney Ann Ashford, a centrist who is married to former Rep. Brad AshfordJohn (Brad) Bradley AshfordNebraska Democrat Kara Eastman wins House primary to take on Don Bacon Lobbying world Justice Democrats endorses two progressives challenging Democratic incumbents MORE (D). 

Eastman touted her primary victory, tweeting that she intends to make the race a referendum on the last four years under President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.

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“Friends, we did it. We WON!!! This election is a REFERENDUM on the last four years. This election is about STANDING UP for what we believe in TOGETHER. We are PROUD to stand with all of you to reclaim who we are as Nebraskans,” she tweeted.

Eastman narrowly lost to Bacon in 2018 by 2 points, and Bacon’s seat is a top target for Democrats.

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“In 2018, Kara Eastman came within inches of unseating Congressman Don Bacon, and this time around she’s ready to finish the job. While Kara has been an independent voice working to serve her community in Omaha for nearly two decades, Congressman Don Bacon has focused only on doing whatever Donald Trump asks, relentlessly pursuing Republicans’ out-of-touch agenda of dismantling our current health care system, undermining protections for pre-existing conditions, and raising taxes on middle class homeowners,” said Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosGOP pulls support from California House candidate over ‘unacceptable’ social media posts Republican flips House seat in California special election GOP’s Don Bacon and challenger neck and neck in Democratic poll MORE (D-Ill.), the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

The DCCC put out a poll after Eastman’s victory showing her up 1 point over Bacon, a gap well within the poll’s margin of error.

Still, Eastman will face an uphill battle against Bacon, who is running for his third term and is boasting a campaign account of about $765,000 while she has yet to break six figures. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race as “Lean Republican.”

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