By Ray Bogan (Political Correspondent), Stacey Chamberlain (Producer)
Republican Congressman Don Bacon has secured his seat for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, beating out Democratic opponent Tony Vargas. Experts say it really came down to who showed up at the polls.
Bacon represents what’s arguably one of the most evenly split districts in the country.
“I think it generally supports more conservative policies,” Bacon told Straight Arrow News. “But also, it wants when you win an election, you shake hands, and you’ve tried to work across the aisle to get things done.”
Bacon said finding ways to compromise and work with political opponents was vital to his success. Out of the 405,000 registered voters in the 2nd District, 38% are Republican, 36% are Democrat and the remaining 26% are either non-partisan or fall into other parties.
Nebraska has five electoral votes, but is one of the rare states that splits those votes.
“People could connect the dots: high inflation due to reckless spending, leading to higher interest rates to slow the economy down, which leads to a recession, which then hits the stock market, people can connect these dots,” Bacon said. “And you know, they’re smart, and they see what’s going on here.”