"My two Democratic opponents both would have opposed either one of those".
The other Democrats were Frank Svoboda, a retired farmer, attorney and judge from Lincoln; Larry Marvin, a retired real estate broker from Fremont; and Chris Janicek, of Omaha, who owns a specialty cake business.
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had added Ashford to its "Red to Blue" list, which highlights promising candidates and gives them access to key financial and organizational support.
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Key primaries in Nebraska's congressional districts remained too close to call at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Rep. Adrian Smith led in the 3rd District Republican primary with roughly two-thirds of the vote.
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Of the 24 districts that are up for election, 10 have more than three candidates vying for the seat.