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This Liberal’s Primary Victory in Nebraska Just Killed Democrats’ Chances There

Kara Eastman wasn’t supposed to defeat former Rep. Brad Ashford, but when she did on Tuesday, it pretty much sealed Democrats’ fate in November.

By NTK Staff | 05.16.2018 @11:00am
This Liberal’s Primary Victory in Nebraska Just Killed Democrats’ Chances There

Liberal social worker Kara Eastman surprised the political world, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Tuesday night when her underdog campaign defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE) in the Democratic primary for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

Eastman’s surprise win, by just over a thousand votes, was a victory for the party’s far-left wing. Ashford, who first won the seat in 2014 and was defeated in 2016, was seen as a more moderate Democrat than Eastman. It’s a blow to the DCCC, who had officially backed Ashford. But liberals were jubilant:

Ashford, meanwhile, held nearly all the advantages of incumbency in Omaha: high name recognition and party support, named to the DCCC’s “Red-to-Blue” list of favored challengers. But Eastman, a first-time candidate, harnessed liberal energy to beat Ashford in a district that the former congressman lost to Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) in 2016.

Eastman’s victory had liberals feeling emboldened. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal group, said Tuesday night that Eastman’s win should teach Democrats that “the way to inspire voters in 2018 is to campaign on a bold progressive agenda of Medicare for All, higher wages for workers, and other economic populist ideas that help working families and challenge corporate power.”

Despite liberals’ bluster, Eastman’s victory is actually a disaster for Democrats, who need to flip 23 seats in the House in order to win back the majority. Immediately following her win, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics moved the seat from a “toss-up” race to “leans Republican.”

Nancy Pelosi herself has said Democrat victories in the fall will be very close races. “This is not going to be big margins,” she said to the Associated Press earlier this month. “It is going to be small margins in many places.”

Outcomes like this will only hurt Democrats’ chances of retaking the majority and returning the gavel to Pelosi.

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