Democratic Congressman Brad Ashford has conceded to Republican challenger Don Bacon.
Ashford, a freshman, had held a slight lead through much of the night until Bacon overtook him with late election returns.
Final, unofficial returns from the Secretary of State’s office indicate Bacon won by more than 5,000 votes: 134,291 to 128,739 or a 49.36% to 47.32% split.
Bacon, former commander of Offutt Air Force Base, returns the Second Congressional District back to Republican hands. Ashford defeated veteran Congressman Lee Terry two years ago to give Democrats their only seat in the Nebraska Congressional delegation.
Results from Douglas County came in slowly, holding up the final tally.
Ashford plans to hold an event at 10am to formally concede, but he told the Omaha World-Herald he will focus on the work he has left to accomplish and not on rehashing election results.
In addition, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton failed in her bid to win the electoral vote from the Second District. Clinton held a narrow lead early in Tuesday evening, but Trump, who won Nebraska statewide easily, gained ground as returns came in, finally overtaking Clinton. Final, unofficial results show Trump with nearly 49% of the vote in the Second District, winning 131,338 to 122,253.