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

Nebraska Democrat Kara Eastman wins House primary to take on Don Bacon
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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 AshfordHouse Democrats target Midwestern GOP seats Tight race brewing in Nebraska House contest: internal poll Nebraska Democrat Kara Eastman wins House primary to take on Don Bacon 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 TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE.


"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.


"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 BustosRep. Steve Watkins loses Kansas primary after voter fraud charges Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits DCCC adds six candidates to program aimed at flipping GOP-held seats 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.”