Incumbent Pat Condon wins election for Lancaster County Attorney
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – After a heated race for Lancaster County attorney, the updated numbers show that Republican incumbent Pat Condon will narrowly beat out Democratic State Sen. Adam Morfeld.
In the latest release from the Lancaster County Election Commission, just over 781 votes separate them.
Morfeld conceded shortly after the latest round of results.
Lancaster County attorney
Pat Condon *WinnerR
Adam Morfeld D
There are about 2,070 ballots remaining. Morfeld would need to win about 75% of those votes to overtake Condon.
And most of the remaining ballots are provisional ballots, some of which may be ruled ineligible.
Nebraska law provides for an automatic recount if the margin between the candidates is less than 1% of the votes received by the winner.
In this case, if Morfeld could reduce his deficit to about 500 votes, it may trigger a recount.
Condon and Morfeld sparred over hot topics like the prosecution of marijuana and abortion charges.
Condon was the deputy county attorney for 27 years before being appointed to replace Joe Kelly, who left his position to serve as the U.S. attorney for the District of Nebraska.
He has since served as county attorney for the last five years, running unopposed in 2018.
His run for reelection was announced in October 2021.
His endorsements included Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner; former Lincoln Police Chiefs Jeff Bliemeister and Jim Peschong; and Lynn Ayers, founder of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Child Advocacy Center.
Condon completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa and his law degree at the Creighton University School of Law.
Morfeld was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2014 and was reelected in 2018.
In the legislature, he has served on the Education Committee and Judiciary Committee. He was also vice chair of the Committee on Committees and a member of the Education Commission of the States.
In 2018, he helped lead the successful Medicaid Expansion ballot initiative. He is also co-chair with Sen. Anna Wishart of Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana.
In June 2020, Morfeld announced his plan to run for county attorney.
Morfeld completed his bachelor’s and law degree at the University of Nebraska.