There was an upset in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District Primary Election yesterday. Social Worker Kara Eastman received 51% of the vote and defeated former Congressman Brad Ashford in the Democratic race.
University of Nebraska – Omaha Political Science Professor Paul Landow says Eastman ran a good race and raised a lot of money. She also sent a message that hit home to the majority of voters.
Landow says, “The issues and the electorate were trending in toward her direction. The party is moving somewhat to the left. She was a particularly attractive candidate because of her left-leaning positions and also her gender and I think her time was right.”
Landow says Eastman did a good job and deserves respect for it. However, running in the General Election with a solid candidate like Republican Incumbent Congressman Don Bacon is really going to be a struggle. He says, “Politics, as you well know, always has a degree of randomness to it so that anything can happen at any time. If you want to go to the conventional wisdom I think you would say that is Eastman is too far left of the electorate of the 2nd Congressional District. We’ll see.”
Ashford held the 2nd District Congressional seat for one term. He was defeated by Bacon in the 2016 election.