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Operatives also mentioned state Sen. John Murante and former Nebraska Speaker Mike Flood as potential candidates.
West of Omaha in the 1st District, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry maintains a tight hold on his seat. The five-term Republican represents mostly conservative territory that includes Lincoln.
Republicans named numerous potential successors for his seat: state Sen. Dan Watermeier, state Sen. Colby Coash, former Norfolk Mayor Jim Scheer and Nebraska Speaker Greg Adams.
But local Democratic sources only named a couple of potential candidates for the 1st District: state Sen. Amanda McGill from Lincoln and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler.
The 3rd District includes Nebraska’s deepest red territory, including expansive farmland that covers the western, central and even eastern parts of the state.
Rep. Adrian Smith, a Republican, has represented this territory for four terms. If he leaves the House, sources noted, Adams could run for the 3rd District as well because his legislative territory spans both this and the 2nd District.
This cycle, Smith will face a rematch with his 2012 foe, Democrat Mark Sullivan, a rancher from Donovan.
Local Democratic sources mustered only one other potential candidate for this district: Crete Mayor Roger Foster. But operatives from both parties don’t expect a competitive race here anytime soon.
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