3 Neb. US House Republicans seeking re-election

Oct 23, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's three Republican congressmen are seeking re-election in races that have focused on the economy, the nation's debt and partisanship.

Reps. Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith are big favorites to win in the Nov. 6 election, reflecting their overwhelming victories in the past and the Republican dominance in their districts.

The vote will likely be closer in the 2nd Congressional District, where seven-term Rep. Lee Terry faces Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing.

Terry has repeatedly beat Democrats in the Omaha-centered district, and he got a boost when redistricting gave the district a larger Republican advantage.

University of Nebraska at Omaha political science professor John Hibbing says Democrats have a better chance in the 2nd district. But he notes Democrats were optimistic in the past, only to see Terry ultimately win.

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