Democrats see Nebraska’s 2nd District as competitive in 2022

April 6, 2021 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Democrats are once again eyeing Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District as a possible pickup in the next general election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named the district Tuesday as one of its 22 competitive House districts that are either open or held by Republicans. The Nebraska seat is currently occupied by three-term U.S. Rep. Don Bacon.

The district, encompassing Omaha and most of its suburbs, is by far the most competitive in a state that’s overwhelmingly Republican. It’s also one of the most competitive districts nationally.

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the committee’s chairman, said Democrats plan to protect their House majority by “recruiting compelling candidates and empowering their campaigns with the resources” needed to win in each of the 22 districts.

Bacon first won the district in 2016 after unseating then-U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford, a moderate Democrat. He has narrowly won re-election twice, including in 2020, when Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican Donald Trump in the district on his way to win the presidency.

Nebraska is one of two states that is able to split its electoral votes, and it has done so twice when the 2nd District voted for Biden last year and former President Barack Obama in 2008.