RESULTS: Mike Flood and Patty Pansing Brooks face off in Nebraska’s 1st District Special Election

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Nebraskanians will choose who will fill the final months of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s term after he was expelled following his conviction for lying to the FBI.

In the state’s 1st congressional district, a sprawling seat that encompasses most of the eastern part of the state except for Omaha, voters will choose between two state lawmakers: Republican Mike Flood and Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks.

Tuesday’s winner is due to appear again in November, but do so with the added advantage of starting. Flood and Pansing Brooks are also their parties’ respective candidates for the regular general election.

Flood is widely expected to win in the Republican-majority district that then-President Donald Trump lifted by about 15 percentage points in 2020.

Unlike the Omaha-based competitive 2nd District, the 1st District race is not.

Flood’s campaign brought in just over $32,000 on hand on its special pre-election report, having brought in more than $1.1 million throughout the cycle. Pansing Brooks had around $365,000 in hand, having raised just over $765,000 this cycle. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy participated in a fundraiser in early June.

As for Fortenberry, he avoided jail time when U.S. District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. today sentenced him to two years probation, 320 hours of community service and a $25,000 fine.

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