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Black Mother in Omaha: ‘Can This Be Real?’

Posted, 11:17 p.m. — One day after Americans chose Barack Obama — a black man — as their next president, Omaha resident and mother of two boys Deborah Bridgman — a black woman — said this: “Oh, my God.  Can this be real?”

Omahan Deb Bridgman says she feels that her vote influenced history.  BRAD DAVIS/The Ballot Box

Omahan Deb Bridgman says she feels that her vote influenced history. BRAD DAVIS/The Ballot Box

Bridgman, who before the election said Obama’s ascent would open the eyes of African-Americans to the possibilities in their lives, voted along with 52 percent of her fellow Omaha residents for Obama.

The Douglas County Election Commissioner on Wednesday said his office still was counting 9,000 absentee ballots, and would not declare a winner in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District until possibly next week.

A majority of voters in Douglas County, which overlays the city of Omaha, voted for Obama, but residents of suburban Sapry County, which makes up a small, but not inconsequential, part of the 2nd District, chose John McCain.

The latest count showed Obama trailing McCain by 569 votes out of more than 250,000 cast.  Up for grabs is the Omaha area’s one electoral vote.

Whether or not Obama wins the 2nd District, Bridgman said her vote influenced history.

“It matters,” she said.

Before the election, Bridgman had purchased an Obama bumper sticker she affixed to her gray minivan.  It read: “African Americans for Obama.”

Wednesday, Bridgman took a Magic Marker to the sticker.

It now reads: “Americans for Obama.”

— BY BRAD DAVIS

As ‘Change’ Wave Sweeps Country, Omaha Still Too Close to Call

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.

the Omaha area, Missouri and North Carolina.  Photo/FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM

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

Final Poll: Presidential Race Tied in Omaha

Posted 12:13 p.m. — The last Rasmussen Poll taken before Tuesday’s election indicates the presidential race is tied within the Omaha area.

This is it.  The front door of the Omaha headquarters for the Barack Obama campaign.  BRAD DAVIS/The Ballot Box

This is it. The front door of the Omaha headquarters for the Barack Obama campaign. BRAD DAVIS/The Ballot Box

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. Continue reading

Archbishop Warns 220,000 Omaha-Area Catholics: Do Not Vote Obama

Posted 3:23 p.m. — The archbishop of the Omaha archdiocese released a letter Saturday implying his flock of 220,000 should not cast their votes for Barack Obama because of the candidate’s stance on abortion.

Omaha Archbishop Elden Curtiss  Photo/ARCHDIOCESE OF OMAHA

Omaha Archbishop Elden Curtiss Photo/ARCHDIOCESE OF OMAHA

Without explicitly forbidding an Obama vote, Archbishop Elden Curtiss wrote in his letter, “Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has stated with clarity that Catholics who vote for a candidate precisely because he or she supports abortion and/or euthanasia would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil.”

Omaha has become an unlikely election battleground as some polls show the presidential candidates nearly tied within the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska, whose boundaries overlay the core of the Omaha metropolitan area.

Because Nebraska allots its electoral votes proportionally, Omaha’s one electoral vote seems to be in play.  Obama has opened three Omaha offices with 15 paid staffers in an effort to flip the area from the Republican column for the first time in a presidential race since 1964. Continue reading

Omaha Going Obamaha? ‘Not a Shot,’ Republicans Say

OMAHA, 12:33 p.m. CDT —  With a life-size, cardboard cutout of George W. Bush standing sentinel over a bank of phones, a retired school teacher makes her pitch for four more years of Republican leadership.

Glenda Bahr works the phones with George W. Bush looking on.  BRAD DAVIS/The Ballot Box

Glenda Bahr works the phones with George W. Bush looking on. BRAD DAVIS/The Ballot Box

Even as the buzz around Omaha says the city might choose a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1964, Glenda Bahr says that’s not going to happen.

Omahans are too practical, too grounded, to buy into Obama, Bahr says.

“You have people that are extremists,” she says of Obama and the Democrats.  “I don’t think as a general rule we are extremists.  We have stability here.” Continue reading

Young and Black in Omaha: ‘It’s Going to Change Everything’

OMAHA, 3:13 a.m. CDT – In a drab strip mall with a shuttered grocery store at one end and a check-cashing parlor at the other, Chris Bridgman walks into a storefront.  Door marked No. 5032.

Deborah and Chris Bridgman say Barack Obama would change everything.  BRAD DAVIS/The Ballot Box

Deborah and Chris Bridgman say Barack Obama would open new possibilities in their lives. BRAD DAVIS/The Ballot Box

It’s there that campaign volunteers – most of them black – make phone calls, write letters and organize canvassing campaigns to elect the first African-American president.

Bridgman, a 17-year-old student at Omaha’s predominantly black Benson High School, bounds into the office, finds the table full of Barack Obama paraphernalia, and promptly unravels a roll of Obama stickers.

“How many of these can I take?” he asks the campaign worker.

“Well how many do you want?” she asks.

Bridgman takes seven. They’re not just for him: Kids at his school – most of them also younger, black men – want to show their support for Obama.

Why is electing Obama so important to Bridgman?

“Because it will mean that we as African-Americans can do anything.” Continue reading

Who Am I Voting For?

Newtown, PA — 12:42 a.m. — I asked several people in Newtown who they were voting for and what made up their minds.

Here are the answers of some people in a local sports bar during the World Series.

Isaac Newton Sports Bar

Isaac Newton Sports Bar

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