UPDATED: June 29, 2022 – 10:00am
NORFOLK, NE – State Senator Mike Flood narrowly defeated State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks Tuesday in Nebraska’s First Congressional District Special Election to replace 8-term Congressman Jeff Fortenberry who resigned the seat in March.
With all of the 414 precincts fully counted, Flood had 60,068votes (53.17%) and Pansing Brooks had 52,913 votes (46.83%). The Cook Political Report was the first to call the election for Flood, followed closely by CNN and The Associated Press. At 10:20 from the Midtown Event Center in Norfolk, Mike Flood, along with his family and campaign staff, appeared on stage to the applause of friends and supporters.
A jubilant Mike Flood, flanked by family and campaign staff Tuesday night in Norfolk.
Flood thanked the many volunteers and supporters and pledged to tackle the number one concern of Nebraska voters – inflation. Flood told the crowd – “I’m honored by the trust and confidence the people of Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District have placed in me. Tonight, this district sent a clear message to Washington: it’s time for a change in direction. The 1st Congressional District has taken the first step toward restoring a Republican majority in the House, firing Nancy Pelosi, and getting America back on track.”
With 57 precincts still only partially reported, there may be some slight change in vote totals. But once the election is certified, Flood will assume the unfulfilled term of Jeff Fortenberry who, ironically, was sentenced Tuesday in California to 2-years of probation. Flood will then again meet Patty Pansing Brooks in November’s general election for a full two-year term for Nebraska’s First Congressional District.