Former Dem rep's comeback bid foiled by Neb. primary loss

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Eastman ran as the progressive alternative to Ashford, seizing on the enthusiasm within the party stoked by opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpOregon governor to face state rep in November Ashford, Eastman neck and neck in Nebraska Dem primary Progressive pick Wild wins Dem primary for Pa. House seat MORE and arguing that a true progressive candidate from outside politics can help carry the party's flag forward.

Buehler, who ran for secretary of state in 2012, was the most centrist of the Republican front-runners.

Stack, a former Philadelphia state senator, has had a chilly relationship with Wolf in their first term together.

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts easily won his party's nomination, and Democratic voters chose State Sen. "We've got a general election to win". She will take on Lincoln City Council Member Jane Raybould in the November general election.

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Other top races included crowded fields in both parties for governor and Senate nominations, and a two-person race for treasurer that likely will mean a general election victory for the victor. Bob Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha. She ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014 as part of Democrat Chuck Hassebrook's gubernatorial campaign.

The other Democrats were Frank Svoboda, a retired farmer, attorney and judge from Lincoln; Larry Marvin, a retired real estate broker from Fremont; and Chris Janicek, of Omaha, who owns a specialty cake business.

Eastman defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford in Tuesday's primary election with a campaign that cast her as a champion of liberal ideals, including supporting a single-payer health care system.

Ricketts ran against Krystal Gabel of Omaha, a registered Republican who has volunteered to create the Legal Marijuana Now Party of Nebraska.

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Rep. Adrian Smith led in the 3rd District Republican primary with roughly two-thirds of the vote.

Nebraska's marquee races for governor and U.S. Senate shook out as expected Tuesday after polls closed for the state's primary election.

"There are more women candidates running for office than we've seen in previous election cycles across the country".

The field of candidates is set in Nebraska's Second Congressional District.

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