Nebraska Splits Electoral Votes, in First; Obama Gets 1

Dem will get slice of state's 5
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2008 5:08 PM CST
Michelle Obama addresses supporters at a rally at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has won a single Nebraska electoral vote in post-election counting, the first time the state has split the vote since a 1991 law allowed the practice, the AP reports. No Democrat has gotten a vote in the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Only Nebraska and Maine allow their electoral votes to be split. In Nebraska, 2 votes go to the overall winner, while 3 others are decided by district. Unofficial results today showed Obama leading well above the recount threshold in the 2nd Congressional district.