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2nd District race now in voter hands

Posted at 12:24 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 13:24:41-05
We're also following a tight race as two candidates fight their way to Congress.
 
The fight for the 2nd Congressional District has incumbent Democrat Brad Ashford locked in a tough battle with Republican challenger Don Bacon. Reporter Shawnte Passmore has more on this race.
 
We caught up with the Congressional candidates when they placed their votes. Ashford says he's ready to go back to work on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile Bacon says he's feeling confident but it's all about the voter turnout.
 
Volunteers for both campaigns have been out and about trying to snag votes in the 2nd Congressional District. But this morning, perhaps the most important vote to each contestant: their own. We found Ashford at a polling site near 72nd and Hickory. Two years ago Ashford found himself running and winning against the incumbent. Today he reflects on what it's like to be on the other side. "I don't feel edgy about it." Ashford said. "I think had we not been able to achieve some successes through that process of kind of the Nebraska way of doing things I'd probably feel nervous about it."
 
And also not feeling nervous about this heated race, the challenger: Don Bacon. In Papillion the GOP hopeful says he's putting his trust in voters and how he's ran his campaign. "We've worked awfully hard and now it's in the voter's hands" said Bacon.  "I have faith that the right decision will be made. We'll just do our very best. But we've worked awfully hard to get to this point."  Bacon says his supporters are still working up until the polls close, though it's mostly through holding signs.  No doubt Ashford's camp will do the same today.
 
The race continues to tighten as voters head out today. Polls close at 8 this evening. We'll have complete election coverage throughout the day and evening on air, online at kmtv.com, and on the KMTV app.