The victor of that primary will go on to challenge Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.
In the race for U.S. Senate, Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould secured the Democratic nomination and will challenge Republican Sen.
Political newcomer Kara Eastman has defeated seasoned legislator Brad Ashford 51 percent to 49 percent in the Democratic primary for Nebraska's Second Congressional District race.
Jessica McClure, a former chemist with a law degree, defeated personal injury lawyer Dennis Crawford in the Democratic primary to run against Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who is seeking an eighth term in Congress.
Ashford had been the first Democrat in two decades to win the district, which encompasses much of the Omaha metro area. First District Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry had no challenger yesterday, but he will face the victor of the Democratic primary, Jessica McClure, in November.
But while Ashford basically started his general election campaign early, running ads touting his accomplishments bringing a VA medical center back to the district, Eastman ran hard to Ashford's left on a number of issues.
Ricketts ran against Krystal Gabel of Omaha, a registered Republican who has volunteered to create the Legal Marijuana Now Party of Nebraska. Bob Krist as both candidates cruised to wins in Tuesday's primary election.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had added Ashford to its "Red to Blue" list, which highlights promising candidates and gives them access to key financial and organizational support.