U.S. House - District 2

Democrat Kara Eastman is challenging incumbent Republican Don Bacon.

The latest coverage

  • Hiring 'trackers' to record political opponent's slip-ups can pay off but may soon be obsolete (Nov. 5, 2018)
  • Barking dogs, calls for civility greet Nebraska candidates going door to door (Nov. 5, 2018)
  • Five key differences between House candidates Don Bacon and Kara Eastman (Nov. 3, 2018)
  • Candidates make final pitches in Nebraska's most competitive races for House, Senate (Nov. 2, 2018)
  • Nebraska Republicans widen lead in latest registration stats, though Democrats gain in cities (Nov. 1, 2018)
  • Kara Eastman gets last-minute ad push taking on Don Bacon's health care votes (Oct. 31, 2018)
  • Don Bacon and Kara Eastman tussle on taxes, civility in final debate (Oct. 29, 2018)
  • Dead opossum apparently left at home of official in Kara Eastman's campaign (Oct. 29, 2018)
  • Nebraska Republicans make inroads with unions, creating 'uphill battle' for some Dems (Oct. 29, 2018)
  • Chuck Hagel endorses Rep. Don Bacon in Omaha-area House race (Oct. 29, 2018)
  • Votes on tuition hikes informed her college affordability stance, Kara Eastman says (Oct. 27, 2018)
  • Omaha fire union endorses Don Bacon in Nebraska's 2nd District race (Oct. 26, 2018)
  • Last finance reports show Kara Eastman narrowing cash gap with Don Bacon (Oct. 26, 2018)
  • Where’s the money coming from? What Don Bacon, Kara Eastman's war chests say about their campaigns (Oct. 24, 2018)
  • Coverage of pre-existing conditions a top election issue in Nebraska and Iowa, as well as U.S. (Oct. 19, 2018)
  • In 2nd debate, Kara Eastman and Don Bacon clash over Kavanaugh confirmation, climate change, guns (Oct. 18, 2018)
  • House candidates Don Bacon, Kara Eastman find little to agree on in World-Herald debate (Oct. 17, 2018)
  • Fact-check: Kara Eastman and Don Bacon on tax overhaul, Social Security (Oct. 17, 2018)
  • Democratic super PAC bypasses Kara Eastman to support Iowa's Cindy Axne (Oct. 16, 2018)
  • 2nd District campaign on track to be most expensive after Kara Eastman raises $1.25 million (Oct. 16, 2018)
  • Governor, congressional candidates appear at Jewish community candidate forum (Oct. 8, 2018)
  • Bacon, Eastman agree Social security is running out of money. Here's the different ways they'd fix it (Oct. 5, 2018)
  • Democrat Kara Eastman picks up endorsement from Obama in 2nd District House race (Oct. 2, 2018)
  • Don Bacon, a reliable GOP vote from a swing district, walks a fine line in re-election race (Sept. 30, 2018)
  • In bid for Congress, Kara Eastman is throwing out the old playbook for Nebraska Dems (Sept. 30, 2018)
  • Don Bacon stands behind GOP tax overhaul; Kara Eastman says it's a giveaway to the wealthy (Sept. 23, 2018)
  • Don Bacon, Kara Eastman face off on issues of immigration, health care, climate at forum (Sept. 17, 2018)
  • House intel panel chair Devin Nunes is coming here to raise money for Bacon (Sept. 7, 2018)
  • Don Bacon talks tax cuts and defense, Kara Eastman focuses on health care in first TV ads (Sept. 4, 2018)
  • Don Bacon and Kara Eastman take similar stances on Trump-Russia probe (Sept. 1, 2018)
  • Nebraska AFL-CIO goes for Kara Eastman as Don Bacon touts fifth labor endorsement (Aug. 24, 2018)
  • Good strategy or pet projects? Don Bacon and Kara Eastman split on military spending (Aug. 17, 2018)
  • Democratic congressional candidate Kara Eastman finds common ground with Trump on trade (Aug. 6, 2018)
  • Kara Eastman, Don Bacon take stands on 'Abolish ICE' and immigration enforcement (July 23, 2018)
  • Don Bacon has more cash than Kara Eastman, but history shows money 'is not the only thing' (July 18, 2018)
  • House candidate Kara Eastman picks up endorsement from Sen. Gillibrand's diversity PAC (July 12, 2018)
  • What we know and don't know about Medicare for all (July 8, 2018)
  • Medicare for all is popular among some Democrats, including Kara Eastman. What is it? (July 8, 2018)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorses Kara Eastman for Omaha-area House seat (June 27, 2018)
  • Stark differences between Bacon, Eastman on abortion could sway voters in Omaha-area House race (June 21, 2018)
  • Candidates


    Don Bacon

    Incumbent

    Congressman, retired brigadier general

    Website

    Age54
    PartyRepublican
    HomePapillion
    Public offices heldU.S. House of Representatives member, 2017-present
    EducationBachelor’s degree, Northern Illinois University; master’s degrees, University of Phoenix and National War College
    MilitaryAir Force, 1985-2015, retired brigadier general
    FamilyMarried, four children
    FaithProtestant
    Key issueWhile I believe we'll have many accomplishments, getting our military back on its feet is a very high priority for me. Over the last decade, our armed forces have had budget cuts of 18% and have endured 36 continuing resolutions. Consequently: Half of the Navy's aircraft can't fly today, only five of the Army's 58 combat brigades can "fight tonight," and we have the oldest and smallest Air Force in US history. Due to hyper-partisanship, defense appropriations bills aren't getting passed. This must stop if we are to continue securing our nation and protecting the freedoms we all hold dear.

    Kara Eastman

    Executive director at Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance

    Website

    Age46
    PartyDemocratic
    HomeOmaha
    Public offices heldMetropolitan Community College Board of Governors, 2015 to present
    EducationMaster's of social work, Loyola University Chicago; Bachelor's of arts in sociology and English, Pitzer College.
    FamilyMarried, one child
    Key issueIt is time for our country to acknowledge that quality health care and access to health insurance is an American right. Our country should move toward the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act to guarantee that everyone has health care. Families deserve to be able to get the medical treatment and prescription medications they need without breaking the bank. This is a moral issue - 45,000 Americans die every year because they aren't insured. We must reduce overall medical costs to make premiums affordable.

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    Voter info

    Three ways to register

    » Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.

    » Print out an application (Here's the form) and take it to your local election commission (Here’s a list)

    » Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.

    Registration questions

    Visit www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov to check whether you’re registered to vote and find your polling place. If you think you should be able to vote at a polling place but there’s a problem with the registration, request to fill out a provisional ballot. The election commission will collect them and then has a week to verify whether you are eligible to vote.

    To see a sample ballot

    See a sample ballot from the Nebraska Secretary of State website here.

    To find your district

    Visit votercheck.necvr.ne.gov and look up your registration info or polling place to find a list of the political districts you live in.

    Important dates

    Oct. 1: First day for early voting ballots to be mailed.
    Oct. 9: First day to vote early in person at election commission office.
    Oct. 19: Deadline to register to vote online, by mail, at agencies, at the DMV office, by deputy registrar or by registration form that’s delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering
    Oct. 26: Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6 p.m. Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 6 p.m. Deadline for write-in candidates to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.
    Nov. 5: Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office, 5 p.m. (Sarpy County office closes at 4:45 p.m.)
    Nov. 6: Election Day! Polls open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 7 p.m.: Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot. 8 p.m.: Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location
    Nov. 13: Deadline for verification of provisional ballots

    Here are the Douglas County drop box locations, opening in early October:

    City/County Building (1819 Farnam St.)
    South Omaha Branch Library (2808 Q St.)
    Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave.)
    Ralston Police Department (7400 Main St., Ralston)
    Abrahams Branch Library (5111 N. 90th St.)
    Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th St.)
    Drive-up location (115th and Davenport Streets, on median)
    Douglas County Engineer's Office (15505 West Maple Road)
    Millard Public Schools Foundation (5225 S. 159th Ave.)
    Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library (2100 Reading Plaza)

    To contact your election commission

    Douglas County Election Commission: www.votedouglascounty.com; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

    Sarpy County Election Commission: www.sarpy.com/election; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046