Progressive challenger ekes out victory over former incumbent in Nebraska primary

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(Lincoln, NE) - Governor Pete Ricketts will face a state lawmaker as he seeks a second term.

Krist, a state senator easily beat out Vanessa Ward and Tyler Davis to earn the Democratic nomination. That helps explain why Ricketts never mentioned his Democratic opponent during a victory speech at the Belvedere Club in Papillion. Fischer held off four challengers to win yesterday's Republican primary.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould secured the Democratic nomination and will challenge Republican Sen. Social worker Kara Eastman earned 51 percent of the vote to defeat former Congressman Brad Ashford in yesterday's Democratic primary.

Eastman contrasted herself against Ashford, a centrist and former Republican who focused on his legislative experience and willingness to work with conservatives.

McClure and Fortenberry both emphasized their support for universal health care in their platforms.

Larry Bolinger and Arron Kowalsi.

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Ashford had been the first Democrat in two decades to win the district, which encompasses much of the Omaha metro area.

Murante defeated Taylor Royal, a certified public accountant from Omaha. No other candidates are running for the office.

Royal, who ran unsuccessfully for Omaha mayor a year ago, pointed to his experience as a financial adviser and accountant as a plus for the job.

The Democratic candidates had been locked in a virtual tie most of the night.

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.

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