Reasons Democrats Are Targeting Congressman Don Bacon’s Seat in Nebraska

Credits: Nebraska Public Media

The race for Nebraska’s second congressional district is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated rematches in the House of Representatives.

The Democratic candidate, Tony Vargas, a rising star in the Latino community, is challenging the Republican incumbent, Don Bacon, who has held the seat for four terms and drawn attention for his relationship with former President Donald Trump.

In the 2022 election, Vargas lost to Bacon by fewer than 6,000 votes, indicating a tightly contested race. With the Republicans holding a slim majority in the House, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sees the district as a potential opportunity for a Democratic victory.

Don Bacon (Credits: KMTV)

Bacon acknowledges the competitiveness of the race, recognizing the split among independents in the district and the equal intensity from both sides. He emphasizes the importance of hard work and acknowledges the upcoming election will be competitive regardless of the circumstances.

Vargas, on the other hand, believes his campaign is in a stronger position than in 2022. He anticipates benefiting from higher voter turnout during a presidential election year and the national interest from the DCCC.

As he approaches the end of his term limits as a state senator, Vargas expresses satisfaction with the momentum his campaign is gaining. If elected, he would be the first Latino to hold the seat, highlighting the significance of his candidacy.

Both candidates are gearing up for a closely contested race, with Vargas confident in his ability to secure victory with the support he has garnered.

The outcome of the election will be closely watched, reflecting broader trends in national politics and potentially shifting the balance of power in the House of Representatives.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.