Fortenberry and Connealy Advance to November

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Former Lincoln City Council member Jeff Fortenberry won the crowded race for the Republican nomination for the 1st District congressional seat.

With 100-percent of the precincts reporting last night, Fortenberry had 39-percent of the vote. State Senator Curt Bromm of Wahoo had 33-percent and Greg Ruehle, the executive director of the Nebraska Cattlemen, had 21-percent.

Meanwhile, state Senator Matt Connealy won the Democratic Party nomination.

Connealy, a Decatur farmer, had 50-percent of the vote, while Fremont lawyer Janet Stewart had 33-percent.

Said Fortenberry, "We worked hard. I believe we had a strong message and we had dedicated supporters."

Connealy said, "I've got work to do. We are excited about the opportunity."

Tuesday marked the first time in more than a generation, First District voters did not see Doug Bereuter's name on the ballot.

The Republican congressman is in his 13th term but is stepping down to become president of the Asia Foundation.