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Fischer, Raybould Easily Capture Respective Party Nods

President Trump tweeted twice favorably about the incumbent Republican.

May 16, 2018, 10:26 a.m.

Sen. Deb Fischer (R) and Lincoln City Councilmember Jane Raybould (D) won their respective primaries on Tuesday. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Fischer won 76 percent of the 168,000 votes cast. Raybould captured 64 percent of the 90,000 Democratic ballots. (Nebraska Secretary of State)

President Trump gave Fischer a last-minute boost Tuesday afternoon, urging the state to “make sure you get out to the polls and VOTE for Deb Fischer today!” (Twitter) Trump on Wednesday morning followed up to congratulate Fisher, writing: “The people of Nebraska have seen what a great job she is doing—and it showed up at the ballot box! #MAGA” (Twitter)

“The 46,557 votes cast Tuesday signal a midterm election drop. More than 52,000 votes were cast in 2014. About 71,000 voters cast ballots in 2010, when voters considered approving Pinnacle Bank Arena, and 61,000 voters went to the polls in 2006. In those years, voter turnout was 28.8 percent, 40 percent, and 35.5 percent, respectively.” (Lincoln Journal-Star)

“Fischer, whose family ranches near Valentine, steamrolled a crowded and sometimes feisty Republican primary field Tuesday largely without engaging her underfunded challengers. … Raybould … did much the same to a group of poorly funded Democrats.

“Both campaigns spent much of the run-up to Tuesday’s primaries highlighting differences with each other, including on abortion, tax cuts and trade.” (Omaha World-Herald)

Raybould’s campaign launched a digital ad campaign on Wednesday called Senator.ForSale, accusing Fischer of being “available for purchase by special interests and corporate PACs, not Nebraskans.” (release)

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