Liberal tilt in some primaries a sign of Democratic fervor

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Liberal tilt in some primaries a sign of Democratic fervor
Democratic 2nd District House candidate Kara Eastman is hugged by her campaign manager Ben Onkka, in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as she holds a slim lead over Brad Ashford in the primary election. Omaha-area voters are set to pick a Democratic nominee Tuesday who will challenge U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., after the congressman claimed the seat from Democrats two years ago. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic voters are choosing decidedly liberal candidates in some primary elections for House races viewed as key to the congressional majority. It’s a sign of what even Republicans say is an enthusiasm edge for Democrats.

Results in Tuesday’s elections favoring more liberal Democratic candidates in Nebraska and Pennsylvania House now held by Republicans are in line with an increasingly animated opposition ahead of midterm elections expected to challenge the GOP’s House control.

Nonprofit director Kara Eastman narrowly beat former Rep. Brad Ashford in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers the Omaha area. Eastman supports banning assault weapons, while Ashford opposed gun control in the House.

That seat and two in eastern Pennsylvania are viewed as key to Democrats being able to claim the House majority.