Nebraska Democrats nominate a Republican for party’s Gubernatorial candidate

Nebraska Democrats nominate a Republican for party’s Gubernatorial candidate

LINCOLN, Neb. (KGFW) – Nebraska Democrats nominated a Republican for their Gubernatorial candidate. State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, a Republican turned Democrat just for the election, faces Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a heavy favorite, who cruised to victory in the Republican primary. Sen. Krist, who originally switched party affiliation last September to Independent, switched again five months later to Democrat after failing to get on the ballot as a third-party candidate.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer has notched an easy Republican primary victory over four other GOP candidates, some of whom argued she wasn’t conservative enough for Nebraska. Fischer will face Democrat Jane Raybould, a Lincoln city councilwoman who defeated three primary opponents. Fischer enters the general election as a heavy favorite to win a second term.

Kara Eastman’s narrow win in Nebraska’s 2nd District primary will give voters a big contrast in November between the liberal Democrat and conservative Republican incumbent Don Bacon. Eastman’s victory early Wednesday over former Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford followed a long campaign in which Eastman billed herself as a progressive political newcomer. Ashford maintained his position as a seasoned moderate who would build relationships with Republicans.

Nebraska Third District Congressman Adrian Smith easily navigated through a crowded Republican primary field. He’ll face Democratic challenger Paul Theobald in the November general election.

In a Buffalo County race, two of four incumbent County Commissioners have been unseated. Tim Higgins defeated Joe Brayton in District 3 and Myron Kouba defeated Kent Jake Greder in District 7. Incumbent Ivan Klein narrowly escaped defeat, by 12 votes, in District 1. Sherry Morrow, the District 5 incumbent, was unopposed. A similar feat occurred in Hall County where Supervisor incumbents Doug Lanfear and Scott Arnold failed to garner the top votes.

According to Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale’s office, voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election was 24.27%.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.