Democrat Hillary Clinton is not the only presidential candidate hoping to win one of Nebraska’s five Electoral College votes.
Nebraska’s Libertarian Party leadership says presidential candidate Gary Johnson is focusing on the state’s Second Congressional District.
Michael Knebel with the state party says the district has the right mix of voters to make it competitive for Libertarians.
“The Second District is more of a Purple district,” Knebel tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It’s not necessarily a Red Republican or Blue Democrat [district]. It’s a mixture of everything in there.”
Knebel expects Johnson to make a visit to the Omaha area before November and he wants voters to pay attention.
“The big question is going to be whether a candidate represents, on the whole, more liberty or less liberty,” he says. “When you look at that equation, there’s no question – it’s Johnson and Weld.”
Johnson and running mate Bill Weld are both former two-term Republican governors, Johnson from New Mexico and Weld from Massachusetts.
“They’re very happy about the growth here in Nebraska,” Knebel says. “They’re very happy about the press they’ve been getting lately. So, yes, they will be out here before November.”
Democrat Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Omaha Monday.
President Barack Obama won the Electoral College vote from the Second Congressional District, which covers the Omaha area, when he first ran for office in 2008.
Nebraska and Maine are the only two states that award electors proportionately.