Nebraska was never a swing state, but its unique system of assigning electoral votes has left it with a surprising question mark after election night. The 2nd Congressional District, which includes Omaha, remains too close to call, with John McCain leading President-elect Barack Obama by 569 votes. And 9,000 provisional and early ballots are still uncounted, reports the Omaha World-Herald.
Republicans hail the close race as a testament to the GOP's strength in the face of a tough challenge, while Democrats are thrilled to even have contested the deep-red state. Nebraska has trended predictably Republican since 1970; in 2004 President Bush took 59% of the 2nd District's vote. Nebraska's four other electoral votes will go to McCain.