A freshman Nebraska Congressman expects to have to fight hard for re-election next year.
Congressman Don Bacon says House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to spend a million dollars in ads in the greater Omaha area against him, after identifying the Second Congressional District as a top 20 race for Democrats.
“So, I don’t take it for granted. I know I’ve got to work hard,” Bacon tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Bacon, a Republican, narrowly unseated freshman Congressman Brad Ashford in 2016. Ashford, a Democrat, had unseated long-time Republican incumbent Lee Terry only two years earlier. Bacon won the 2016 election by fewer than 3,500 votes out of nearly 280,000 cast.
Ashford must win the Democratic primary to set up a re-match. Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance CEO Kara Eastman has entered the race as a Democrat.
While Pelosi might be ready to spend at least a million dollars in the race, House Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t sitting idly by as he attempts to hold on to the House majority. The Congressional Leadership Fund, affiliated with Ryan, is already active in the district.
The make-up of the Second Congressional District provides Democrats hope and their best chance of taking a seat from Nebraska Republicans. Bacon acknowledges Douglas and Sarpy Counties contain Democratic strongholds and perhaps more independent voters than either the First or Third Congressional Districts.
Bacon, former commander of Offutt Air Force Base, believes he’s in good position for voters to return him to Washington, D.C.
“I’ve done the things I said I was going to do,” Bacon says. “I stood up for health care reform and I’ve fought for a stronger military, regulatory reform, controlling the bureaucracies. So, I’ve done exactly what I said I would do and I think I’ve done it respectfully and civilly. So, I feel good about it.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]