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Raybould Wins Nebraska Democratic Senate Primary to Take on Fischer

Raybould is a Lincoln City councilwoman who previously ran for Lieutenant Governor

Jane Raybould will challenge GOP Sen. Deb Fischer in Nebraska. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Lincoln City councilwoman Jane Raybould won the Democratic Senate primary in Nebraska Tuesday night. She will face GOP Sen. Deb Fischer in the fall. 

With 75 percent of precincts reporting, Raybould had 64.8 percent of the vote to 18.5 percent for Chris Janicek,  11.8 percent for Frank Svoboda and 4.9 percent for Larry Marvin, The Associated Press reported.

Raybould was expected to win the Democratic primary, but she still faces an uphill battle in the Cornhusker state. President Donald Trump carried Nebraska 26 points in 2016. Fischer won her first term in 2012 by 16 points. 

The Democrat is hoping to capitalize on her ties to the state. She touts that she is a fourth-generation Nebraskan, and notes that her work with her family’s grocery business. Raybould has also run statewide before. In 2014 she ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in, and Raybould and and gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook lost the race by 18 points. 

Fischer was adding campaign staff ahead of the general election and touted polling showing her ahead of Raybould, Inside Elections’ Nathan Gonzales reported. Inside Elections rates the race Solid Republican.

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