Democrats begin their convention in Philadelphia this week with presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton already targeting the Second Congressional District in Nebraska.
A University of Nebraska political scientist believes Clinton is targeting more than the Second’s electoral vote.
The Clinton campaign proposes to spend a million dollars, at least, in the Second Congressional District with the possibility of picking off an electoral vote from a Republican-friendly state.
But University of Nebraska-Omaha political science professor Randall Adkins says more than that electoral vote is at stake.
“And this is a way that Hillary Clinton can legitimately help Democrats like Brad Ashford return to Washington or maybe even help other Democrats win in this election cycle or in the future,” Adkins tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Congressman Brad Ashford, a freshman Democrat, faces Republican Don Bacon in one of the most closely watched races in the country.
Nearly all states award all of their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the state. Nebraska is one of only two states which award presidential electoral votes on a proportional basis. Whichever presidential candidate wins the Congressional District wins its electoral vote.
Then-Sen. Barack Obama picked off an electoral vote from Nebraska in 2008 even though Republican John McCain won nearly 57% of the vote. Obama might have only won 42% of the vote statewide, but he won the Second Congressional District and won one of the state’s five electoral votes.
Adkins says the Clinton campaign views its spending this year as an investment in the future.
“What that money is going to be spent on is voter registration and get-out-the-vote and helping organize the Democratic Party,” according to Adkins. “And the repercussions of that for Republicans may not be in this election cycle. They might be in the next two election cycles.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Hillary for America, has already begun running television ads in the Omaha media market. The two ads focus on Clinton’s efforts to provide health care for children.
The campaign says the ads are part of an eight-figure, television buy in battlegrounds across the country.
One of the TV ads the Clinton campaign is running in Omaha.