Eastman contrasted herself against Ashford, a centrist and former Republican who focused on his legislative experience and willingness to work with conservatives.
Omaha nonprofit director Kara Eastman scored a narrow victory Wednesday morning in the Democratic primary race for Nebraska's competitive 2nd Congressional District, defeating former Rep. Brad Ashford.
Nebraska voters set up a November gubernatorial showdown between Gov. Pete Ricketts and State Sen. "We've got a general election to win".
Fischer faces a primary challenge from four fellow Republicans but is expected to win the party's nomination as she seeks a second term.
The surprising win could be a sign the Democratic party is going farther left and looking for outsiders like Eastman, who has never run for a political office.
That's a major disappointment for national Democrats, who had banked on him making a comeback run this election.
Jessica McClure held an early lead over Dennis Crawford in another two-person matchup between Democrats vying for U.S. House, in the Lincoln-centric 1st District.
Before Nebraska's first female governor - there was Virginia Smith.
Raybould defeated three Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary race for the seat held by Republican Sen.
Ricketts defeated Krystal Gabel of Omaha, a technical writer who advocates for medical marijuana and industrial hemp.
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.
Democrat Paul Theobald is unopposed for his party's nomination but will be a giant underdog in the overwhelmingly Republican district. The veteran state lawmaker campaigned on promises that he would take a less partisan approach to state government than Ricketts.
Nebraska's marquee races for governor and U.S. Senate shook out as expected Tuesday after polls closed for the state's primary election.
The Democratic candidates had been locked in a virtual tie most of the night.