OMAHA — For the first time since 1994, Democrats outnumber Republicans in this city.
Since Jan. 15, Democrats have added more than 15,000 voters to the rolls in Douglas County, which encompasses the city of Omaha. During the same time period, Republicans added only 815 voters to the rolls, according to the Nebraska secretary of state.
Friday was the last day to register to vote in Nebraska.
As of Friday, before the final tally, there were 125,602 Democrats registered in Douglas County; there were 122,955 registered Republicans.
The population of the county, which comprises most of Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, and which is one of eight counties that make up the Omaha metropolitan area, is approximately 500,000.
“Obviously I’m not happy about it, but it appears it’s the Democrats’ turn to be on the positive side,” Mark Quandahl, chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party, told the Omaha World-Herald.
Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, which overlays the core of the Omaha metropolitan area, could give its one electoral vote to a Democrat for the first time since 1964. Nebraska allots its electoral votes proportionally.
— BY BRAD DAVIS
Source: Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska Secretary of State