Ashford, Eastman Differ on Dems House Fight

Omaha, NE—In these early days of Omaha’s 2018 Congressional race Democrats Brad Ashford and Kara Eastman are clearly playing different courses heading into next May’s primary.

The differences range from campaign costs to Eastman tossing around some unscientific but still interesting numbers.

According to a recent fundraising letter, Eastman says when she started knocking on doors, “…we found an amazing thing. Nearly nine out of ten Democratic voters who indicated a preference in the upcoming primary support us over our opponent.”

Ashford campaign manager Jim Rogers did not respond number for number but did say, “We are very pleased with the progress of our campaign and the enthusiastic support from people across the district.”

At the same time while both Eastman and Ashford—who served one term in Congress before he was defeated in 2016—are busy raising cash, the two disagree on what it will take to win next May.

Eastman tells News Channel Nebraska it’s, “about a $1 million primary.”

“Oh, heavens no,” responded Ashford adding, “That would be too bad.”

News Channel Nebraska questioned Eastman further:

NCN: Can you raise a million dollars?

Eastman: I’ve spent my career raising money for non-profits. I’ve raised over $13 million for Omaha Healthy Kids in the last 11 years.”

According to federal records, as of June 30 Eastman—President and CEO of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance and a member of the Metropolitan Community College board—had raised $30,000 since kicking off her campaign in late May. The next report is due after September 30.

Ashford’s initial fundraising numbers won’t be officially available until that September 30 deadline hits.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Don Bacon had raised $500,000 as of June 30 and has no primary opponent.

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