Results: Republican Rep. Don Bacon defeats Democrat Tony Vargas in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District election

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  • Republican Rep. Don Bacon defeated Democrat Tony Vargas in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District election.

  • The district covers all of Douglas County, which includes the city of Omaha.

  • The 2nd District was one of nine in the country to vote for President Joe Biden in 2020 despite having a Republican representative.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Don Bacon defeated Democrat Tony Vargas in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District election.

Polls closed in the state at 7 p.m. in the mountain time zone and 8 p.m. in the central time zone.

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Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District candidates

Bacon, a veteran of the Air Force, currently sits on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. He was first elected in 2016 and has held onto the seat despite a series of close races.

Vargas is a member of the Nebraska Legislature. Prior to running for office, he was a public school teacher and also worked in nonprofits.

Voting history for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District

Nebraska's 2nd District covers all of Douglas County, the city of Omaha included, and a portion of Sarpy County.

In the 2020 presidential election, the district voted for President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump by a margin of 6.5 percentage points. The district was one of nine that voted for Biden over Trump in the election despite being represented by a Republican.

The money race

According to OpenSecrets, Bacon has raised more than $3.6 million, spent $3.3 million, and has about $432,000 of cash still left to spend, as of October 19. His opponent, Vargas, has raised just over $3 million, spent 2.8 million, and has more than $313,000 of cash on hand as of October 19.

As of late October, several dozen super PACs, national party committees, politically active nonprofits, and other non-candidate groups have together spent about $10 million to advocate for or against candidates in this race, including during the race's primary phase.

What experts say

The race between Bacon and Vargas was rated as a "toss-up" by Inside Elections, a "Republican toss-up" by The Cook Political Report, and "leans Republican" by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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