Rep. Fortenberry re-elected in Nebraska's 1st District

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry has won an eighth term representing Nebraska's 1st Congressional District, which includes Lincoln.

Fortenberry defeated Democratic challenger Jessica McClure in Tuesday's election. The two differed on health care, immigration and the federal tax law signed by President Donald Trump last year.

McClure faced an uphill battle against Fortenberry, an incumbent in a GOP-leaning district who held about $1.9 million in campaign cash as of October. McClure raised about $57,000.

Fortenberry faced large crowds and criticism at town hall events last year over health care and the GOP's attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He argued that some parts of the law are worthwhile, such as protecting people with preexisting conditions, but opposed other parts. McClure noted that Fortenberry voted for the GOP bill that undermined the law.