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Election 2018 House Nebraska Debate

Kara Eastman laughs during a debate against Rep. Don Bacon in Omaha in October. Eastman plans to run again for the 2nd House District seat in 2020. 

Six weeks after narrowly losing her bid for metropolitan Omaha's competitive House seat, 2018 Democratic nominee Kara Eastman announced Thursday that she will run again in 2020.

"I am ready to roll up my sleeves again, talk to voters and earn their votes in 2020," Eastman said.

Eastman ran 4,945 votes behind Republican Rep. Don Bacon last month, as the congressman won re-election to a second term.

"All Nebraskans should be able to get ahead when they work hard," Eastman said in announcing her plans to run again. "That means having a living wage, health care and affordable, healthy housing.

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"They deserve a representative who will fight against the corruption we are seeing in D.C. and stop the outsized corporate influence in our political system."

Eastman, who operates a nonprofit consulting firm based in Omaha, upset former Rep. Brad Ashford in this year's Democratic congressional primary race to gain the opportunity to challenge Bacon in November.

The 2020 election will mark a presidential election year when voter turnout historically is much larger than in so-called off-year elections such as 2018, statistically altering the playing field. 

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSDon.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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