Nebraska Democrat led primary in Republican leaning district

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September 30, 2011


By Tyler King

OMAHA, Nebraska: Nebraska State Senate District 31 candidate Rick Kolowski narrowly defeated his Republican challenger Acela Turco by 339 votes in the May 15 top-two primary election. What made Kolowski's win notable was that Republicans accounted for more than two-thirds of the District 31 voters who cast ballots in the May primary. Additionally, Turco holds advantages through fundraising and endorsements from leading GOP figures, including Governor Dave Heineman. The most recent campaign reports show that Turco had raised $67,475 through June 19, while Kolowski had raised $34,287.[1]

Kolowski said that as a state senator, he would use his skills on a range of issues, including balancing the budget, implementing health care changes, ensuring effective schools and managing water and other natural resources.[1]

Turco's priorities, if elected, are to cut taxes, reduce government spending and curb government regulations, resulting in newly created jobs. Turco said she wants government to be more accountable and efficient, to ensure that taxpayer money is spent wisely. Programs should pass a three-part test: “Is it affordable? Is it sustainable? Is it your job?”[1]

The two will once again face off in the November 6 general election. Incumbent Rich Pahls was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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