Incumbents have their way in Nebraska's primary

Nebraska Sen. Fischer easily wins Republican primary

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.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the general election contest Tilts Republican. That helps explain why Ricketts never mentioned his Democratic opponent during a victory speech at the Belvedere Club in Papillion.

Fischer faces a primary challenge from four fellow Republicans but is expected to win the party's nomination as she seeks a second term.

After the results are determined, candidates that win their party's nomination will face off in the general election, which is set to happen November 6th. Social worker Kara Eastman earned 51 percent of the vote to defeat former Congressman Brad Ashford in yesterday's Democratic primary.

McClure and Fortenberry both emphasized their support for universal health care in their platforms.

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In the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Adrian Smith bested three GOP challengers.

Larry Bolinger and Arron Kowalsi.

But the race will be a true test of the progressive hypothesis, as many moderate Democrats and Republicans believe Eastman is too far to the left to win in a district that just voted Ashford out two years ago. John Murante of Gretna held a steady lead over fellow Republican Taylor Royal in a race that will effectively decide the next state treasurer. No Democrats have filed to run for the office.

The Democratic candidates had been locked in a virtual tie most of the night. Two of those districts in rural Nebraska have six candidates each who are running.

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