She will now face Rep. Don Bacon, a first-term Republican who defeated Ashford in the 2016 election.
Former Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE) fell short in the primary for his comeback bid to a more progressive challenger Tuesday, a stunning disappointment to national Democrats that could be a blow to the party's chances of winning the GOP-leaning seat.
In 2015, Ashford upset eight-term Republican Congressman Lee Terry, and served one two-year term, only to then be defeated by Bacon with a margin of less than 4,000 votes.
The biggest - and most surprising - news of the night was nonprofit executive Kara Eastman's nomination in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.
Nebraska voters set up a November gubernatorial showdown between Gov. Pete Ricketts and State Sen.
In the race for U.S. Senate, Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould secured the Democratic nomination and will challenge Republican Sen.
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This incident marks the first confirmed case in which an e-cigarette explosion resulted in a fatality. His official cause of death was listed as "projectile wound of the head" and ruled accidental.
Other top races included crowded fields in both parties for governor and Senate nominations, and a two-person race for treasurer that likely will mean a general election victory for the victor. He now will face Democrat Paul Theobald, a hog farmer, historian and former administrator at Wayne State College who ran unopposed for his party's nomination. Deb Fischer, a tough prospect in overwhelmingly conservative Nebraska. No other candidates are running for the office.
Before Nebraska's first female governor - there was Virginia Smith.
Ricketts defeated Krystal Gabel of Omaha, a technical writer who advocates for medical marijuana and industrial hemp.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had added Ashford to its "Red to Blue" list, which highlights promising candidates and gives them access to key financial and organizational support.
Knute Buehler has won the GOP gubernatorial primary, besting a crowded field vying to compete against incumbent Democrat Kate Brown in November.
(Lincoln, NE) - Governor Pete Ricketts will face a state lawmaker as he seeks a second term.