A super PAC tied to House Democratic leadership has pulled its television advertising funding from a competitive Nebraska district, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
The money the House Majority PAC had committed to Democrat Kara Eastman’s bid to unseat freshman GOP Rep. Don Bacon in the Omaha-area 2nd District will now go to support Cindy Axne in Iowa’s 3rd, the spokesman said. Election forecasters see that race as a slightly better pickup opportunity for Democrats.
Nebraska’s 2nd District was the only seat Democrats were targeting in the state. Rep. Brad Ashford represented the district for a term before Bacon unseated him in 2016 as President Donald Trump was carrying the seat by 2 points. Ashford attempted a comeback this year but lost to Eastman in the Democratic primary. The founder of a public health nonprofit, Eastman was
Eastman, the founder of a public health nonprofit, was added to the Democratic Congressional Committee’s Red to Blue program for strong recruits this summer. She is among the many Democrats who reported eye-popping fundraising totals in the third quarter that ended Sept. 30. Her $1.25 million haul was more than what any recent 2nd District challenger raised at the same point in their campaigns, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
Bacon raised about $550,000 during the same period, although he still leads Eastman in overall fundraising — $2.5 million to $2 million. He ended the third quarter with $917,000 in the bank, compared to about $450,000 for Eastman, according to the World-Herald.
Both candidates released competing polls in recent weeks that each showed Bacon, a retired Air Force brigadier general, with a single-digit lead.
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