Neb. House and Senate Expect an Unchanged Majority
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
Nebraska's incumbent members of the house have enjoyed being part of the majority, and hoping to retain their seats after today's election.
U.S. Representatives Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith are considered favorites to win in their overwhelmingly republican U.S. house districts.
The race is expected to be tighter in the Omaha–based 2nd district, where incumbent representative Lee Terry faces democrat John Ewing.
The contest turned personal, as Terry and Ewing repeatedly accused each other of supporting reckless spending.
In the senate, republicans are expected to retain their majority in the Nebraska legislature. This has some wondering if its nonpartisan setup is starting to add to political gridlock.
Even without a two–party structure, many say there is growing pressure on lawmakers who vote with their conscience, not their party.
The GOP needs to win only one seat out of the 12 races pitting the two parties against each other. Democrats say the move to a non–partisan system would threaten the legislature's ability to solve state problems.