In a district that has a nine-point advantage* for Republicans, Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks came within six points in the special election to replace Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who was indicted for lying to the FBI.
Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb said:
“Sen. Pansing Brooks connected with voters and started to change the political landscape of Nebraska. Nebraskans turned out to send a very loud and clear message that access to abortion services must be legal and protected. We need the national Democratic Party working hand-in-hand with state parties across the country to organize and focus on the nuts and bolts of turning out voters. We have no other option to protect our democracy and fundamental rights than to turn upside down the outdated model of running everything from the national level. We can and will win in red states. Sen. Pansing Brooks will deliver the decisive leadership that voters are demanding.”
After Republican GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s felony conviction for lying to the FBI about illegal donations to his campaign, the special election was necessary to fill the rest of his term, which ends in January.
Pansing Brooks will still face Flood in the Nov. 8 General Election for a full, two-year term.
*Via Cook’s Political Report