Eastman and Bacon ready to square off in NE second district race
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - The primary is over. Now, it's on to the general election. In Nebraska's second congressional district, we now know current congressman Don Bacon and political newcomer Kara Eastman will face each other.
"It was amazing last night," said Eastman the day after the primary.
The unofficial vote totals are in. The tally shows it was a tight race. Only about 1,000 votes separated her from former congressman Brad Ashford. Eastman says the victory may have come as a surprise to some, but not to her or her loyal supporters.
"I think the key was our really strong grassroots campaign with a positive message."
With the primary election behind her, Eastman is now focusing on the general election and her opponent. That would be current Republican congressman Don Bacon.
"Everybody wants healthcare, everybody wants affordable healthcare, everybody wants a livable wage and people want a safe environment for their kids."
As for Congressman Bacon, he cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night. After all, he ran unopposed. With six months to go before the general election, he says he's deserving of a second term.
"Our economy is growing and it's because of the policies we've put in place like tax reform. We have businesses investing here in America because of it."
From Washington where congress is in session, the congressman tells us he still has a lot of work to do and wants to get that done.
"Nobody in Congress has my experience when it comes to national security."
To Eastman, a change in leadership is necessary. She believes her district is looking for something new. Of course, that depends on who you ask.