Candidates running for the Legislature in rural Nebraska are facing questions about farm-land property taxes, education and their position on a prenatal care bill for illegal immigrants as they prepare for next week's primary vote.
Legislative candidates from rural Nebraska repeatedly cited those concerns as the most-discussed issues in their districts. Challengers in many districts have seized on the prenatal care issue as way to contrast themselves with incumbents seeking re-election.
The prenatal care bill approved by lawmakers this year restores prenatal care coverage for low-income women, including illegal immigrants. The issue sparked a contentious debate among lawmakers, who ultimately overrode Gov. Dave Heineman's veto.
Primary candidates statewide are vying in Tuesday's election for one of 26 seats available in Nebraska's 49-member Legislature. Incumbents are seeking re-election in 17 districts.