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Primary Election 2018: Voter's guide What you need to know about Tuesday's Nebraska primary election
Melinda Barton | 17 May, 2018, 04:06

In Omaha, Democrat Kara Eastman was locked in a tight race with former Congressman Brad Ashford, which will determine who moves on to challenge Republican Rep. Don Bacon in the competitive 2nd Congressional District. While he served just one term in Congress, he has a long career in the state legislature, serving as an independent, a Republican and a Democrat.

The biggest - and most surprising - news of the night was nonprofit executive Kara Eastman's nomination in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts easily won his party's nomination, and Democratic voters chose State Sen.

Legislative races are officially nonpartisan, but Tuesday's election will eliminate some candidates and make way for the top two vote-getters in each district to face off in November. It will either be the republican incumbent Deb Fischer - or her democratic challenger Jane Raybould.

And while the primary remained quite civil - his niece is close friends with her daughter - an Eastman win would set up a far different general election campaign, one national Democrats feel far less confident about. Krist is a former Republican who joined the Democratic Party earlier this year.

He faces fellow Republican Krystal Gabel in today's primary. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha.

Fischer defeated four GOP challengers in Tuesday's primary election and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska.

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.

In the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Adrian Smith bested three GOP challengers. The veteran state lawmaker campaigned on promises that he would take a less partisan approach to state government than Ricketts.

Nebraska voters started heading to the polls at 8am this morning to cast ballots in the state's primary election.