State Sen. Mike Flood’s election night party in Norfolk was filled just as the polls were closing, with notable faces like his Senators Mike Moser and Tom Briese, though Flood himself remained absent. A bar lined up on one side of the party room located in the Midtown Event Center. Multiple TV screens bore the Flood campaign logo, and a small stage was located at the end of the room.
Near the main entrance was also a desk for people to sign the Citizens petition for voter identification, an election initiative that attempts to collect enough signatures to participate in the November general election ballot. Both Moser and Briese signed the petition at the party.
When the first results came to show that Senator Patty Pansing Brooks had taken the initiative, most of those in attendance at the Flood party remained unconscious. The TV screens did not show the live election results and the guests continued to mingle happily.
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The first batch of results in the special election to replace U.S. Republican Representative Jeff Fortenberry with an open seat in the Nebraska Congress is led by Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks.
With about 40,000 of the more than 400,000 votes cast on Tuesday, Pansing Brooks led between 56% and 43%.
The 1st Congressional District, which includes Lincoln and Lancaster County, parts of Sarpy County and the Norfolk area, is dominated by Republicans.
The seat is open because Fortenberry resigned after being found guilty of crimes related to illegal contributions to the campaign. There are about six months left for Fortenberry’s term.
In November, Flood and Pansing Brooks will face off again to see who takes the seat during the two-year term starting in January.
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