Republicans sweep all three House seats

November 7, 2018

OMAHA -- Republicans celebrated a clean sweep of Nebraska’s three seats for the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

GOP Rep. Don Bacon rode a dependable wave of Sarpy County Republicans to victory in metropolitan Omaha’s 2nd District, defeating Democratic nominee Kara Eastman by a 52-to-48 margin.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Lincoln easily won re-election to an eighth term over underfunded newcomer Jessica McClure in eastern Nebraska’s 1st District.

Fortenberry said it’s unclear what lies ahead for Congress, but said he will focus on results “and really try to resist resistance and anger and strife.”

He also said he will use personal connections with Democrats to work on behalf of Nebraska.

And Rep. Adrian Smith of Gering handily beat Democratic challenger Paul Theobald in the vast 3rd District to earn seventh term in the House.

Democrats haven’t won a House contest in the 1st District, which includes Lincoln, Bellevue, Norfolk, Fremont and Columbus, since 1964.

And they haven’t claimed the western Nebraska House seat since 1958, long before Smith was born.

The Omaha district has been the only swing district in the state.

Bacon, a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, unseated Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford in 2016 after a single term.

Eastman then upset Ashford in the 2018 Democratic primary election in May with a more progressive message, including institution of single-payer healthcare.

Bacon said he’s proud to serve the people of the 2nd District for another term.

“Tonight, in our district, 700,000 bosses spoke,” he said. “This district held firm.”

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