Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is making Nebraska one of her first campaign stops after accepting the nomination of her party in Philadelphia.
The stop by Clinton at Omaha North High Magnet School only emphasizes the high stakes at play in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.
Democrats are taking direct aim at the presidential electoral vote in the Second as well as attempting to protect freshman Democratic Congressman Brad Ashford who is being challenged by Republican Don Bacon.
Republicans, meanwhile, look to protect all the presidential electoral votes in Nebraska as well as take back the seat back.
State Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha serves as the co-chair of Donald Trump’s Nebraska campaign. He sees the presidential race between Trump and Hillary Clinton in the Second Congressional District linked with the battle between Ashford and Bacon.
“I think certainly whoever is at the top of the ticket for both parties affects down ballot races,” McCoy tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, in that regard, yes, they are intertwined as they always are.”
Nebraska is one of only two states which allocate presidential electoral votes proportionally. Clinton hopes to repeat the success Barack Obama had in 2008; picking off an electoral vote from a deeply Republican state.
McCoy sees two tough contests ahead.
“But I anticipate them both to be very closely watched and also close elections on both sides as they almost always are,” McCoy says.
McCoy suggests the stop by Clinton in Omaha might attempt to reach beyond the Second Congressional District. Iowa is considered a battleground state in the Clinton-Trump presidential race. McCoy points out Omaha broadcast outlets extend well into western Iowa, providing the candidate with the opportunity to court voters in both Nebraska and Iowa.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]