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Nebraska candidate backed by Keystone XL opponents concedes

November 7, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska Public Service Commission candidate who campaigned on her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline has conceded to a Republican state lawmaker who has supported the project.

Democrat Christa Yoakum, of Lincoln, acknowledged her loss Wednesday to Sen. Dan Watermeier, of Syracuse, in a race that focused heavily on the $8 billion project.

The Public Service Commission approved a route for the pipeline last November, but that decision is under review by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Yoakum’s supporters note that the race was the closest in recent history and vowed to continue fighting the pipeline.

Watermeier has said he ran for reasons unrelated to the pipeline. The commission regulates industries including taxicabs, telephone companies and grain elevators. His District 1 seat includes Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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