Congressman Lee Terry has survived a scare and has won re-election by a narrow margin.
Final unofficial tallies reported by the Secretary of State’s office gave Terry 128,307 votes, or 51.17% of the vote. Democrat John Ewing, Jr. received 122,452 votes, or 48.83%. Ewing, the Douglas County Treasurer, lost by slightly less than 6,000 votes in his upset bid.
With the victory, Terry becomes the longest-serving Second District Congressman. Terry first won election to Congress in 1998, after serving on the Omaha City Council.
Terry, late in the evening on Election Day, gave a qualified victory speech, stating it appears the lead is large enough to survive any last-minute shifts.
Terry’s win keeps the Nebraska Congressional delegation firmly in the grip of the Republican Party.
First District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry won more than 68% of the vote, defeating Democrat Korey Reiman 171,385 to 78,728.
Third District Congressman Adrian Smith won by an even wider margin. Smith received nearly 185,000 votes, slightly more than 74% of the vote to defeat Democrat Mark Sullivan 184,978 to 64,257.
AUDIO: Congressman Lee Terry gives a victory speech of sorts during his watch party. [5 min.]