Nebraska May Make History by Splitting Electoral Votes

Courtesy NYTimes.com

Courtesy NYTimes.com

[Update 11/8/08: Nebraska has indeed awarded one of its electoral votes to Obama (Omaha World-Herald). Also, apparently, Michigan split its electoral votes in 1892, so this is the first time in Nebraska history that but not in U.S. history that electoral votes have been split.]

Nebraska, one of two states that awards its electoral votes by congressional district instead of winner-take-all, may be the first state in history to split its electoral vote. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Obama has pulled within 569 votes in the Omaha-area 2nd congressional district with 12,000 early and absentee votes till to be counted.

 

Obama won 60% of the early ballots counted so far, and if that trend continues, he will be the first Democrat to win an electoral vote in Nebraska since Lyndon Johnson won the entire state in 1964.

More importantly, it will be the first time in U.S. history that any state has split its electoral vote. Unlike all the other states, Maine and Nebraska can split their electoral votes if different candidates win different parts of the states. But in every election, a single candidates has won in all the state’s congressional districts. Obama may change that.

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