First-time candidate Jessica McClure says she is ready for a General Election campaign.
The Democrat beat Dennis Crawford in Tuesday’s First Congressional District Primary.
“We’ve been doing all the things we needed to do to help ensure a victory like talking to voters, coming up with a good platform that resonates with the people that we’ve talked to, making sure that we’re writing and calling and I’m actually out in public talking to people,” McClure tells Nebraska Radio Network. “But, I think we were sort of surprised by the amount of support we received.”
McClure won 66 percent of the vote over Crawford, who was the First District Democratic nominee in 2014.
She says her message will stay the same heading into the General Election.
“Supporting our public schools, making sure we have more accessible health care for more people,” McClure explains, “but I think that through talking to everyday Nebraskans, people at their doors, we have a problem with our health care system and if we can come up with a consensus on what works well for that, then we’re going to get votes on both sides.”
McClure will face incumbent Congressman Jeff Fortenberry in the General Election.
She says his votes in Congress no longer align with his constituents’ views.
“He’s been in office for so long he is, most of the time, voting strictly along Party lines, even if that’s going to hurt, say, the agricultural economy in Nebraska, or access to health care and insurance for people who live here,” McClure says.
Fortenberry is seeking his eighth term in Washington.
You can see all the Primary Election results HERE.