Electoral Vote in Nebraska's 2nd District Still Up for Grabs

Omaha may have to wait a week for results
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 9:11 AM CST
Democrats in Omaha, Neb., react Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, to the acceptance speech of president-elect Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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(Newser) – 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.