Every incumbent in Nebraska’s Congressional delegation won re-election, including freshman Republican Don Bacon, who held off a strong challenge by Democrat Kara Eastman in the Second Congressional District.
Bacon won 121,466 votes to Eastman’s 114,154, according to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office; a split of 51.55% to 48.45%.
The race gained national attention after early public opinion polls indicated the Second could be a district Democrats could take back in their attempt to regain the majority in the United States House of Representatives. It turned out Democrats didn’t need the seat. They won the majority even while failing to win back the seat.
The two other Congressional races were not close.
First District Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry received 137,632 votes to Democrat Jessica McClure’s 90,551, a nearly 60-40 split.
It wasn’t close in the Third Congressional District as incumbent Republican Adrian Smith cruised to victory of Democrat Paul Theobald, receiving 162,757 votes to Theobald’s 49,363 votes; a nearly 77-23 split.