UPDATED, 8:15 p.m.
Posted, 6:47 p.m. — Barack Obama tonight became the first Democrat since 1964 to win a Nebraska electoral vote.
The Ballot Box is calling the Omaha-area race for Obama.
In an e-mail interview tonight, the head of the Douglas County Election Commission said his office was continuing to count the onslaught of early-voting ballots it had received.
“We have counted around 15,000 early voting ballots today,” said Dave Phipps, election commissioner of Douglas County, where Omaha is located.
Phipps acknowledged a report in the Omaha World-Herald that said the newspaper also was calling the race for Obama. Election Web site fivethirtyeight.com also has called the race for Obama. Continue reading
Posted, 1:02 p.m. EST — It’s still too close to call whether Barack Obama will snag the Omaha area’s one electoral vote.
Still undecided: the Omaha area, Missouri and North Carolina. Photo/FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM
Of course, it won’t technically matter because Obama now is estimated to have 349 Electoral College votes, according to major news organizations. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
Nebraska allots its five Electoral College votes proportionally, a system that makes it differ from all other states except for Maine.
As of Wednesday afternoon, races had been called in most of the state’s precincts. John McCain won four of Nebraska’s five electoral votes.
In the 2nd Congressional District, which overlays the core of the Omaha metropolitan area, things were different: Residents of the city of Omaha chose Obama 51 percent over 48 percent for McCain. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Sen. Hillary Clinton will hold a rally in Omaha today for Barack Obama. This is on the heels of Sarah Palin’s Oct. 5 visit to this possibly up-for-grabs city.
Nebraska allots three of its five electoral college votes proportionally, and this year is the first year since 1964 one of those votes — that of the 2nd Congressional District, which overlays the core of the Omaha metropolitan area — is in play.
Clinton will speak at the 19,000-seat Qwest Center; Palin spoke at the 2,500-seat Music Hall of the Omaha Civic Auditorium, though crowds estimated at more than 6,000 snaked around the block trying to get in to see Palin.
In February, Obama drew 10,000 people to a Omaha rally.
The Obama campaign in Omaha has three offices with 15 paid staffers, according to the campaign. The McCain campaign has no offices in the city, and is instead relying on Republican volunteers.
Recent polls indicate the race within Omaha is tied.
— BY BRAD DAVIS
Source: Omaha World-Herald
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