Joe Biden is on the rise in the polls, and his campaign seeks to raise Democratic electoral college numbers in unexpected places – like Omaha.
Political junkies know that Nebraska is one of two states – the other is Maine – that allocate voters for president based on district voting, not based on a statewide vote. That distinction has turned the Omaha-based Second Congressional District into a presidential battlefield and a leitmotif for the nationwide campaign of progressive Democrats to build their power in Congress by flipping important seats in the US House of Representatives.
Nebraska is a historic Republican stronghold, and Trump still leads the country. But when the wheels of the president’s re-election campaign break loose, at least some Nebraska Republicans distance themselves from a president, Senator Ben Sasse torn this week as political liability that has “flirted with white supremacists“And their family” has been treated like a business opportunity by the Presidency. “
Sasse is a cynical political actor who positions himself for what he envisions to redefine the GOP after the elections. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t rightly recognize that Trump’s “stupid political obsessions” are alienating voters this election season. Or when he observes:
If young people become permanent Democrats because they have just been rejected by obsession with our politics, or if women who were ready to vote with the Republican Party in 2016, decide to turn away from that party permanently in the future The debate will not be, you know, “Ben Sasse, why were you so mean to Donald Trump?” It will read, “What the hell did any of us think it was a good idea to sell a television-obsessed narcissistic person to the American people?” That’s not a good idea.
If a Trump derailment in November causes a “Republican carnage,” as Sasse suggests, the best measure for it could be in Nebraska-2.
A New Congressional Progressive Caucus Poll out of the district, Biden has 53-42 lead while a new one New York Times/ Poll at Siena College put him 48-41. FiveThirtyEight, the political forecasting website, says now, “Biden is prefers to win Nebraska’s 2nd District. “
However, this is not the only major victory that Democrats have achieved in Nebraska-2 and a number of such swing districts across the country. While much of the district’s attention has been focused on Biden’s bid for the electoral college, an even more noticeable breakthrough in the campaign for his seat in the US House of Representatives could be.
Progressive Democrat Kara Eastman, who won the seat within 5,000 votes in 2018, is on the rise in this year’s race against Republican incumbent Don Bacon. The October 8th Progressive Caucus poll has Eastman leads Bacon 47-45and among the early voters who have already cast ballots – roughly a fifth of those polled – she is between 59 and 36 years old.
If Eastman wins, it will be a major victory for the advanced armed forces, on a par with this year’s House nominee grand prizes Marie Newman in Illinois, Jamaal Bowman in New York and Cori Bush in Missouri – top-class competitors who, like Eastman, ran with the support of this year Justice Democrats. Like a number of other grassroots groups, the Judicial Democrats argue that the party must adopt progressive policies and candidates who, in the spirit of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seek to drive the Democratic Party and Congress in bolder directions.
Eastman has beaten more cautious, establishment-bound Democrats twice in the Nebraska primary. After her first victory in 2018, she received little help from the National Democrats. This year, Democratic Insiders poured resources into a campaign to beat them for the nomination. Still, she won by 62:31. Now she is getting more support from national parties as strategists feel that victory is within reach.
Eastman runs as a champion economic, social and racial justice, ready to tackle the climate crisis and advocating a foreign policy that focuses on “negotiation, diplomacy and alliance building to prevent unnecessary conflict in the world”. She argues for Medicare for All as “the most pragmatic and practical solution to this problem”. to explain“We have to separate employment from health insurance. Covid-19 makes this case even clearer. I’m on the RIGHT side of the story on this subject and I’m not afraid to say it. ”
These types of talks have won their strong support from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders who mention, that that Eastman “faces the same incumbent Republican she scored just 1.9% after her defeat two years ago, while running on a highly advanced platform that prioritizes the needs of working people in Omaha and beyond.”
Congressional progressive caucus chief Mark Pocan calls Eastman “one of the best candidates running anywhere in the country”. Pocan, who traveled to Nebraska to advertise with her, says, “It would be a big message if a bright progressive like Kara Eastman from Omaha were chosen. That would be another signal that people everywhere prefer progressive subjects and that they will vote for intelligent progressives who deal with these subjects. ”