Democrat Brad Ashford has given his victory speech, a few hours after he wanted to.
Ashford has defeated Congressman Lee Terry, a Republican, in the 2nd Congressional District of Omaha.
“Today, a new chapter begins in the 2nd Congressional District and I am so incredibly proud to have the opportunity to work with everyone in this district as we move forward,” Ashford stated during a news conference at his home Wednesday afternoon.
Ashford had wanted to declare victory Tuesday night, but Terry refused to concede and the possibility of a protracted vote count loomed, until Terry conceded defeat Wednesday afternoon.
Ashford thanked Terry for his hard work and commitment to the 2nd Congressional District. Ashford said he appreciated his years of service in Congress and his gracious concession remarks.
Ashford, a state senator, said he understands the responsibility that comes with the victory.
“I promise that I will keep the great tradition of Nebraska’s governing alive in Washington,” Ashford said. “I will work for our children and our future.”
The count in the 2nd District has ended, yet.
Ashford leads Terry by 4,000 votes with about 13,000 still to be counted in Douglas County.
But, the numbers are such that Terry conceded he couldn’t overcome Ashford’s lead.
KFAB contributed to this report.