Election 2022

Which party controls Congress? It could be days or weeks before we know

BY: and - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Democrats exulted Wednesday in outperforming expectations in the midterm elections, even as vote-counting was still in progress and control of both chambers of Congress remained unknown. The U.S. Senate will go to the winner of two of the last three races where party control is still in doubt in […]

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Abortion rights advocates say no matter the election outcome, it’s time to fight

BY: - November 9, 2022

LINCOLN — Advocates for abortion rights rallied Wednesday, saying that regardless of the final results of the general election, “we have a fight ahead of us.” “I can promise that we will use every tool in the toolbox to stand against any (abortion) ban in Nebraska and make sure we keep the government out of […]

Election deniers lose attempts to control elections in critical battleground states

BY: - November 9, 2022

Several prominent Republican candidates who denied the results of the 2020 election lost their races Tuesday, but other critical races featuring election deniers have not been called.  Going into Election Day, election deniers were on the ballot in around half of the races for governor and secretary of state and one-third of the races for […]

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

BY: , and - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans fell short of their greatest ambitions for major gains in the U.S. House, with control of the chamber still in doubt early Wednesday.  Republicans are still likely to narrowly win control of the U.S. House, based on expert projections. But of 20 races rated by elections forecaster Inside Elections as true toss-ups, […]

Bacon tops Vargas, brings home 2nd District U.S. House win for fourth time

BY: and - November 9, 2022

OMAHA — U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., won a fourth term in Congress Tuesday serving the Omaha area. As of early Wednesday, he led State Sen. Tony Vargas by 4 percentage points in Nebraska’s most competitive congressional district.  Bacon overcame voter anger over the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade by focusing on inflation […]

U.S. Senate control too close to call as multiple states grapple with tight vote counts

BY: , and - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Control of the U.S. Senate remained unclear early Wednesday as races in a handful of swing states in the midterm elections were still too close to call, and it appeared it might be days — or even weeks — before a final result was known. But Democrats flipped the open Pennsylvania Senate seat, which Republicans […]

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Republicans may have gained a filibuster-proof majority in Nebraska Legislature

BY: - November 9, 2022

LINCOLN — If vote totals hold in a couple of close races, Republicans will capture a filibuster-proof majority in the officially nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature in Tuesday’s election. Unofficial results late Tuesday show that the GOP flipped one seat, the suburban Omaha seat now held by Democratic State Sen. Steve Lathrop, while narrowly winning a key […]

Mike Flood beats Patty Pansing Brooks in Nebraska’s 1st District; Adrian Smith wins in 3rd

BY: - November 8, 2022

OMAHA — Motivated Republicans in northeast Nebraska showed up Tuesday for a hometown guy and powered U.S. Rep. Mike Flood to a second victory over Democratic State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks in the 1st Congressional District. Flood won a full two-year term by a bigger margin than he posted in the June special election that […]

Pillen wins governor’s race, pledges to finally fix Nebraska’s high property taxes

BY: - November 8, 2022

LINCOLN — Riding the coattails and pocketbook of Gov. Pete Ricketts, University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen coasted to victory Tuesday in the race to be the next governor. Pillen, a veterinarian and hog farmer from Columbus, was outdistancing his Democratic rival, State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, by a 56-41% margin. In comments at […]

Voter ID, minimum wage, airport funding ballot issues sail to victory

BY: - November 8, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska voters approved a trio of statewide ballot initiatives Tuesday, which means: Workers will get a minimum wage boost; people will have to provide photo ID in order to vote; and airports gained the power to use public funds to expand commercial flight offerings. Here’s more: Initiative 433 raises Nebraska’s minimum wage gradually […]

Midterm voting mostly problem-free in battleground states, voting advocates report

BY: - November 8, 2022

As of midday Tuesday, voting across the country has largely gone smoothly without any major issues or incidents of voter intimidation, voting rights advocates said.  In counties that did experience problems, which were typical of any Election Day, the incidents were largely attributed to faulty technology and human error.   In Maricopa County, Arizona, one of […]

Power outage and minor ballot fumbles reported on somewhat busy Election Day, Nebraska officials say

BY: - November 8, 2022

OMAHA — Voting on Tuesday began with a bang in Nebraska when a piece of machinery hit a tree, and the tree hit a local power line that cut power to a voting site in Otoe County. Natural light let people keep voting until power was restored about an hour and a half later, state […]