Terry, Ewing to square off for 2nd District


May 15th, 2012

Omaha, NE – Incumbent Republican Lee Terry will face Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing in the November election.

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John Ewing, flanked by his wife and two daughters, declared victory to supporters at the Field Club in Omaha Tuesday night. (Photo by Brandon McDermott)

Ewing beat Democratic challenger Gwen Howard handilyin Tuesday’s primary election, winning over 60% of the vote. Shortly after Howard conceded, Ewing declared victory to supporters gathered at the Field Club in midtown Omaha, turning his attention swiftly to Terry. “This Congressional District has been without adequate representation for the citizens of this community,” Ewing said. “It’s time that we change that. It’s time that we have a representative who will represent the people of Nebraska, not the interests of Washington D.C.”

“We should be taking Nebraska values to them,” he said. “I think they could learn a few things from us.”

Ewing also thanked Howard for her “many years of service to women, children and the great state of Nebraska.” Howard endorsed Ewing at a reception held with supporters at Clancy’s Bar in midtown Omaha, saying he will do a fine job representing the Democrats in the race for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry sailed to victory Tuesday with almost 60% of the vote. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

On the Republican side, Congressman Terry sailed to victory by a comfortable margin, garnering just under 60% of the vote. His closest contender was former Husker football player and financial advisor Brett Lindstrom, who came in a distant second with 23%. UNO Math Professor Jack Heidel came in third with 12% of the vote, and former Douglas County GOP Chairman Glenn Freeman made a weaker showing with 4% of the vote.

Terry was in Washington D.C. for primary night, but he made a phone call to supporters to thank them for their support. Dave Boomer, Terry’s campaign manager, said the campaign would take “nothing for granted” in the general election. But, he added, “We’re confident that the voters will return him to office in November.”

Boomer also took a swipe at Ewing, saying he has campaigned on “an agenda of higher taxes and more spending and more government, and that’s exactly what we don’t need in this country in the future.”

For full election results, click here.

KVNO reporters Ben Bohall and Angel Martin contributed to this report.

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