Posted 12:13 p.m. — The last Rasmussen Poll taken before Tuesday’s election indicates the presidential race is tied within the Omaha area.
According to the Web site fivethirtyeight.com, voters in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District polled 51 percent for John McCain and 48 percent for Barack Obama.
The three-point difference is within the poll’s plus-or-minus five-point margin of error.
That Omaha even matters in an otherwise solidly Republican state is because of the state’s proportional allotment of its five electoral votes.
Nebraska’s three congressional districts each give their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the district. The state’s other two electoral votes go to the candidate who wins the majority of votes statewide.
Maine is the only other state that allots its electoral votes proportionally. The 48 other states are winner-takes-all.
If Omaha-area voters choose a Democratic presidential candidate, it will be the first time they will have done so since voting for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
— BY BRAD DAVIS
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