A far-left progressive candidate running for Congress in Nebraska won the Democratic primary Tuesday night even though she was running against a top Democratic recruit for the battleground congressional seat.
Kara Eastman, who fully supports abortion and universal healthcare, won the Democratic nomination for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District in a surprise upset in the Democratic primary. Eastman defeated former Congressman Brad Ashford, who was a favorite among top leaders in the party’s primary.
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.
“Kara Eastman showed the DCCC that far-left progressives are in full control of the party, and they are just along for the ride,” National Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Jesse Hunt said to NBC News. “Single-payer health care is Eastman’s most passionate issue, and her values are a better fit for Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco than Nebraska.”
Eastman took a shot at Democrats in one of her ads, saying she was “tired of hearing that Democrats don’t have a backbone” and she is the “only candidate for Congress [who] stands for universal healthcare and ending massive tax breaks for millionaires who threaten the middle class.” (RELATED: Liberal Writers Say Democrats Should Give Up On White Republicans)
The strong abortion advocate will now take on Republican Rep. Don Beacon in the November 6 general election.
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