OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bucking a national trend for Republicans, Democrats have won a U.S. House seat in Nebraska for the first time since 1992, defeating 16-year Republican incumbent Rep. Lee Terry.
Terry conceded Wednesday afternoon to challenger Brad Ashford, who was ahead by 4,000 votes in the Omaha-area district.
Democrats bashed Terry for his remark last year that he would not give up his congressional pay during a government shutdown because he "has a nice house and a kid in college."
The Republican also drew criticism for an ad blaming Ashford for the release last year of an inmate who later killed four people. As a state senator, Ashford led a legislative committee that helped approve a law that cuts prison sentences for time served. Terry had defended the ad.