Clinton for America believes while Nebraska might not be in play, a portion of it is up for grabs in November.
Nebraska is a subject of conversation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia or, at least, a portion of it.
Clinton for America Political Director Amanda Reneteria says the electoral vote in the Second Congressional District could make a difference in the contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“This is going to be a very, very tight race and when you start to think about how Nebraska distributes their delegates, they’re center for making sure that we clinch the presidency,” Reneteria tells Nebraska Radio Network at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Reneteria says the Hillary Clinton campaign already has workers on the ground in the Second Congressional District of greater Omaha, coordinating with workers in Congressman Brad Ashford’s re-election campaign. Ashford, a freshman Democrat, is running for re-election against Republican Don Bacon.
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. The money will be used to register Democrats and for get-out-the-vote efforts, aimed at not only helping the Clinton campaign, but Democrats up and down the ballot. Television ads for Hillary Clinton are scheduled for Omaha, reaching not just Nebraskans, but western Iowans as well.
Reneteria says Democrats won’t concede Nebraska, because though no one expects the state to vote for Clinton, its status as one of only two states that distribute presidential electors proportionally put the Second District in play.
“Nebraska is in a place that a lot of people talk about nationally,” Reneteria says. “This is the moment where Nebraska really has a say in this presidential election. So, I hope as folks are thinking about this election and you’re in Nebraska and you’re in this district, we’re all going to be watching.”
President Barack Obama won the electoral vote from the Second Congressional District in 2008, even though he lost Nebraska soundly to Republican John McCain.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]