A Nebraska Divided

19 Nov

There are two states that can divide their electoral votes in a presidential election:  Maine and Nebraska.  This year, Nebraska actually exercised this ability due to heavy Obama support in Omaha.  Thus far, however, I have not found a mainstream news source that reported this (CNN, for example, lists the state as being in the McCain column).

Thankfully, O’Foghlú just put me on to the awesome NPR electoral results map, which does report 1 out of the 5 Nebraskan electoral votes as going to Obama.

This is special.  Nebraska is strongly Republican, like always.  Not only did Obama swing all the swing states, he tipped the balance in a staunch republican stronghold.  I wonder how the election results would be different if all states could split their votes?

(for an explanation of the splitting system, see NPR)

Update: On closer inspection, I see that CNN’s election results do list the electoral vote breakdown for Nebraska.  I must have missed it earlier.  In any case, I like NPRs coverage better.  Note that you can also get the break down for the 2000/2004 elections by changing the URL.

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Posted by on November 19, 2008 in Current Events


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One response to “A Nebraska Divided

  1. weirleader

    November 19, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    this is interesting. I like the idea of being able to split the electoral votes, though I tend to feel that it’s just a step towards the ideal of straight-percentage voting; if you keep subdividing the group that seems as if that would be the final outcome. And I suspect that under those circumstances (splitting electoral votes or going strictly popular) we’d find McCain catching up in a lot of Blue states — after all, with a 52% to 46% split it seems to me that the “landslide” of electoral votes wasn’t representative of the popular vote.

    And though I’m pleased with this outcome, I know what it’s like to be “on the other side” (e.g., 2000).


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