Thursday, November 06, 2008

Obama's chances of winning NE-02 Electoral Vote increase

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From today's Omaha World:

His odds of bagging an electoral vote in Nebraska grew stronger this morning, with word that 10,000 to 12,000 early ballots and 5,200 provisional ballots are left to count in Douglas County.

Obama won about 61 percent of the early votes counted before Tuesday's election. If that percentage holds with the early ballots left to count, Obama stands a strong chance of winning the Omaha-area 2nd Congressional District.

Republicans did not concede defeat this morning, but they acknowledged the long odds.

John McCain held a 569-vote lead over Obama in the 2nd District at the end of Tuesday.

Obama pursued an electoral vote in the 2nd District. He opened three offices in Omaha and deployed 16 paid staffers.

McCain relied on an effort led by the Nebraska Republican Party.

An Obama win in the 2nd District would make history. The last time a Democratic presidential candidate won an electoral vote in Nebraska was in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson rolled past Barry Goldwater.