Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Obama Wins an Electoral Vote in Nebraska

President-elect Batack Obama keep adding to his electoral vote total. Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, anchored by the city of Omaha, has gone to Obama--the first time in 44 years that a Democrat has won electoral votes in the Cornhusker State. In 1964, Nebraska was part of a landslide victory for Lyndon Johnson. In 2004, the 2nd Congressional District easily went to President George W. Bush who garnered 61% of the vote there.

Nebraska and Maine are the only states that do not award electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis, instead parceling the votes by congressional district, with 2 votes being awarded based on the statewide tally. Nebraska has used this sytem since 1991 and this is the first time that not all the electoral votes went to the Republican candidate.

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