Democrat Kara Eastman picks up endorsement from Obama in 2nd District House race

October 2, 2018

Nebraska Democrat Kara Eastman has gotten the nod from former President Barack Obama.

Obama, the Democratic president who left office in 2017, issued his second round of 2018 endorsements for federal and state candidates Monday.

“I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something — to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service,” he tweeted. “They deserve your vote.”

Obama won Nebraska’s 2nd District in 2008. In the next two presidential elections, the 2nd District went to the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016.

Eastman is the only Democrat from Nebraska to receive the former president’s endorsement.

“This endorsement comes at a time when many Americans are eager for change, to elect representatives whose values are their own, who are willing to work for the families in their district,” Eastman said. “We are all hopeful for a brighter future, and are ready to work and fight for that change.”

In Iowa, several Democratic candidates received Obama’s backing. Those include gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell and Cindy Axne, who is challenging U.S. Rep. David Young to represent Iowa’s 3rd District, which includes parts of western Iowa.

Eastman is challenging Republican Rep. Don Bacon, the first-term congressman, for the 2nd District seat, which includes Douglas and western Sarpy Counties.

Bacon has received support from the Trump administration, including financial contributions from Vice President Mike Pence’s political action committee.

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