DCCC-Backed Candidate Loses to Progressive Candidate in Nebraska Democratic Primary

Brad Ashford, a Democratic congressional candidate backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was defeated Tuesday night by a progressive candidate in the Democratic primary for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.
Ashford, who formerly represented the 2nd District before being defeated during the 2016 election cycle, was trying to take back his old seat but suffered a surprising defeat to Kara Eastman, the president and CEO of nonprofit Omaha Healthy Kids. Ashford positioned himself as a moderate voice and in January was added to the DCCC’s highly competitive “Red to Blue” program, which is aimed at unseating Republican lawmakers in districts across the country.
Eastman, who received over 51 percent of the vote, is a political newcomer and ran her campaign as a progressive voice looking for change, touting her support for policies like “Medicare for all” and repealing the tax reform law President Donald Trump signed in December. Her stance on abortion was also

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