Kara Eastman a day after surprising primary victory
5:44 PM, May 16, 2018
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Tuesday night went down to the wire in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District primary race between Brad Ashford and Kara Eastman, with the political newcomer claiming the spot on the ballot this November.
The race caught the attention of many national media outlets, including Newsweek, CNN and Politico.
Political experts say Eastman first needs to reunite the democratic party. Omaha World-Herald Washington D.C. correspondent Joe Morton says Eastman's left-leaning platform might have a hard time in the district.
"The national democrats had put their faith in Brad Ashford as the candidate who had better appeal to kind of the soft republicans or right-leaning independents, particularly in West Omaha," Morton said. "Now that a candidate that's much more to the left espousing policies like Medicare for all, a single payer approach to healthcare, we'll have to see if that flies this fall or not."
In the meantime, Eastman needs to get her name out to voters and fundraise to stay competitive.
She says the work is about to begin.
"I have a job I love but I really do think that I can get into congress and make changes that are going to actually help people in our district."