Following a surge in people voting by mail, Democratic candidates up and down the ballot advanced in Tuesday’s Primary Election and will go on to the November General Election.
Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, sailed to victory, while Chris Janicek won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in a race that saw seven candidates vying for the nomination.
“I am proud to represent the people of Nebraska in my bid to become the next United States Senator from the great state of Nebraska,” Janicek said. “As Democrats, we must unite now in solidarity and pull together to help flip the upper chamber from red to BLUE. We are all in this together. We have had ENOUGH of Ben Sasse.”
In the race for Congressional District 2, Kara Eastman, who barely lost her 2018 bid for the seat, won the nomination.
“Words can’t express how grateful we are. Thank you all so much for everything you did to make this happen. Thank you for your contributions, thank you for your volunteer phone calls, thank you for talking to friends, thank you for lending us a piece of your yard, and thank you for believing in me. I won’t let you down.” Eastman said. “I’d like to thank the other candidates in this race. Thank you to Gladys Harrison and Ann Ashford and thanks to their supporters for getting involved locally. Let’s all work together to defeat Don Bacon and Donald Trump.”
Meanwhile, state Sen. Kate Bolz won the CD1 nomination and thanked her supporters for her strong showing.
“What we need now, more than ever, is leadership that steers us away from the same old stagnant thinking and infighting. You deserve someone who is inspired by you, motivated to work with you and for you. I’ll be a leader that fights for your health care, your job, and your future in Nebraska,” Bolz said. “I know where I come from – right here in the heartland in Nebraska – and I’ll be here for you. I’m inspired by you and I’ll be the Congresswoman you deserve. Go to KateBolz.com right now and join us.
Democratic voters showed up strong with a 53 percent increase in Vote-by-Mail ballot requests over the 2016 primary — jumping from some 74,000 in 2016 to more than 159,000 in 2020.
“Enthusiastic voters, the hard work of volunteers and strong candidates with diverse backgrounds is the winning combination, and that is what the Democratic Party has going into the 2020 general election,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “We continue to build our party across our state, welcoming all shades of blue to the table.”
In races for the State Board of Education, Patsy Koch Johns was unopposed in her bid to retain her District 1 seat, as was Lisa Fricke in District 2. Also advancing to the General Election were Mike Goos in District 3 and Jacquelyn Morrison in District 4.
In races for the Public Service Commission, Crystal Rhoades advanced in her bid for a second term.
In legislative races, seven incumbent senators advanced in their reelection bids: Sen. Carol Blood in District 3; Sen. Mike McDonnell in District 5; Sen. Tony Vargas in District 7; Sen. Justin Wayne in District 13; Sen. Lynne Walz in District 15; Sen. Anna Wishart in District 27; and Sen. Dan Quick in District 35.
In Lancaster County legislative races:
–Brodey Weber advanced in District 21.
–Stephany Pleasant advanced in District 25.
–Eliot Bostar advanced in District 29.
Read the full Nebraska Democratic Party news release.