Retired Brigadier Gen. Don Bacon, the former commander of Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, easily won the Republican primary in the Second Congressional District.
Bacon won 66% of the vote to defeat former State Sen. Chip Maxwell.
“I think people are looking for someone who is not a career politician. National security is a top issue and the fact that I’ve worked nearly 30 years in the military, have had five commands, did a lot of Middle East time; I think people like that,” Bacon tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KFAB.
Bacon won 31,639 votes to Maxwell’s 16,294.
Bacon says he tried to bring his military experience to the campaign trail.
“I hope people found me to be candid, honest, that’s how I learned to lead well in the military,” Bacon says. “You tackle problems directly, but you do it tactfully, but honestly.”
Bacon will challenge incumbent Congressman Brad Ashford, a freshman Democrat, in the November General Election. Bacon says much is at stake in this election.
“National security and making sure that we have a strategy to defeat ISIS that our men and women in uniform have the equipment and training needed to win. Make sure that we have our fiscal house in order. And our small business community is being stifled by their government itself.”