Different Sides of the Same House: Omaha’s Split

OMAHA, 8:24 p.m. CDT — Perhaps nothing can better illustrate Omaha’s status as an unlikely swing district than the front yard of a duplex in this city’s north central Benson neighborhood.

Different sides of the fence.  BRAD DAVIS/Ballot Box

Different sides of the fence. BRAD DAVIS/Ballot Box

A path from the sidewalk divides this home in two — physically and politically: One one side of the path is a McCain-Palin sign; on the other side, an Obama-Biden sign.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows John McCain and Barack Obama in a statistical dead heat within Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. The district overlays the core of the Omaha metropolitan area.

McCain campaign signs seem to outnumber those for Obama, but that might be because the Obama campaign charges people $5 for each sign, according to a campaign worker in one of Obama’s three Omaha field offices.

When U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton visited this city last week, she remarked to the Omaha World-Herald that she had never seen so many McCain signs in one place.

A duplex is split.  BRAD DAVIS/Ballot Box

One side or the other: A duplex is split. BRAD DAVIS/Ballot Box

Front lawn appearances, though, are just that, says Omahan Deborah Bridgman. Though the city’s low-key, Midwestern residents aren’t likely to make a big show of whom they support, they will tick the box for Obama, she says.

— BY BRAD DAVIS

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