Nebraska Examiner: Democrats investing more in Vargas during Bacon-Frei GOP primary fight in NE-02

In The News   Posted by Tony Vargas · April 13, 2024

OMAHA — Nebraska’s 2nd District Republican primary U.S. House race, with challenger Dan Frei running to Rep. Don Bacon’s right, appears to be opening left-leaning wallets, too.

National Democrats increasingly see division among some Omaha-area Republicans as boosting State Sen. Tony Vargas’ chances of flipping Nebraska’s most competitive House district their way.

This week, a key funder for Democrats trying to wrest the House from GOP control, House Majority PAC, announced reserving $2 million in digital and TV advertising in the Omaha ad market for this fall.

That is up from about $660,000 in 2022, when House Republicans were in a stronger financial position headed into a mid-term cycle with a Democratic president in office. They spent $900,000 in 2020, the last presidential election cycle.

“House Majority PAC will do whatever it takes to ensure NE-02 flips from red to blue come November,” said Dora Pekec, a spokeswoman for House Majority PAC. “Don Bacon’s anti-choice, extremist record makes it abundantly clear Bacon stands with Donald Trump and his MAGA agenda, not the people of NE-02.”

Nationally, the GOP equivalent Congressional Leadership Fund has seen the Democrats pick up fundraising for a 2024 general election likely to be dominated by a presidential rematch.

The House Majority PAC and its related super PAC outraised the Congressional Leadership Fund and its super PAC by $7 million in the first quarter of 2024, $37 million to $30 million. The CLF has still raised more to date this cycle.

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