Raybould wins Democratic primary for US Senate

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Lincoln city councilwoman and grocery store executive Jane Raybould has won the Democratic nomination for Senate in Nebraska.

Raybould defeated three Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary race for the seat held by Republican Sen. Deb Fischer, who is running for re-election. Raybould faces an uphill general election battle in GOP-dominated Nebraska.

Fischer won election in 2012 by nearly 16 percentage points.

Raybould has served on the Lincoln City Council since 2015 and helps run her family's grocery store chain. She ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2014 as part of Democrat Chuck Hassebrook's gubernatorial campaign.

The other Democratic hopefuls who ran were retired farmer, attorney and judge Frank Svoboda of Lincoln; retired Fremont real estate broker Larry Marvin; and Chris Janicek, the owner of an Omaha specialty cake business.

After the Associated Press called the race in her favor on Tuesday, Raybould issued the following statement:
“I will always put Nebraska first and I thank the Democrats and Independents for seeing that fight in me,” Jane Raybould said. “Over the next six months, we’re going to show Nebraskans that they have a choice—someone who will fight for our state, not corporations and special interest campaign contributors, or a party-loyalist who votes with her political bosses 98% of the time.”