Obama Wins Presidency; Omaha Still Counting, Leaning His Way

Posted at 2:24 a.m. EST — The Nebraska Secretary of State reported early Wednesday the state’s 2nd Congressional District, which overlays the core of the Omaha metropolitan area, would give its electoral vote to Barack Obama.

If the initial count, with more than 93 percent of the votes tallied, holds, Nebraska would give an Electoral College vote to a Democrat for the first time since 1964.

All but four of Nebraska’s 93 counties voted for John McCain, according to the Secretary of State’s latest count.

Some prognosticators had said Omaha’s one vote could break a tie in a close national election.  With Obama projected to take 338 electoral votes as of early Wednesday morning, Omaha’s vote wasn’t needed to put Obama over the edge.

But bigger than possibly flipping a single district that has voted Republican in every election since Lyndon B. Johnson is amassing to the ‘D’ column a string of states that normally vote Republican.

Said a 17-year-old black young man in Omaha at the end of October: “It’s going to change everything.”

— BY BRAD DAVIS

Check back to The Ballot Box ’08 for the final Omaha tally, and for full post-election coverage.

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