Democratic candidate for Nebraska’s 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives Kara Eastman conceded to Republican Don Bacon this morning. Bacon received just over 51% of the vote compared to Eastman’s 48%.
Eastman’s concession statement reads:
“From the beginning I promised that we would run a campaign that didn’t put winning over integrity, and we did that. We fought for working people and for those of us who feel like our voices aren’t heard by the people in power. We energized Democrats like never before. We refused to corporate PAC money and didn’t sell out to big-money interests. We didn’t play by the old rules, and I am so proud of my team and of our message.”
Eastman went on to say she hoped this race highlighted the need to listen to residents of the second district and to put people first.
Eastman’s priority was to expand health care to those who need it most. Her mother died last year after battling cancer five times. Eastman says, “I’m doing this for her but more importantly for everybody else. I’ve had a lot of supporters say that is why they are here. It really resonates with them to hear a personal story about health care. There are a lot of people here without health insurance.”
With that, thousands of low income Nebraskans will get Medicaid coverage after voters approved Initiative 427 Tuesday night. It expands coverage to 90,000 residents.