Nebraska cast five electoral votes for Governor Mitt Romney today, but found itself in the minority as the Electoral College confirmed the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Obama lost Nebraska to Republican Mitt Romney. And, unlike four years ago, Obama lost the entire state. In 2008, Obama won the 2nd Congressional District by winning a majority in the Omaha area, picking off one electoral vote to Republican John McCain’s four.
Nebraska and Maine are the only two states that split its electoral votes. The other 48 states operate on a winner-take-all system.
Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican who came out early in support of Romney, says he has no problem with the outcome.
“When the American people speak or Nebraskans speak in an election, that’s who we should listen to,” Heineman tells reporters during a conference call. “The President of the United States has been re-elected fair and square.”
President Obama won 51% of the popular vote and picked up 332 electoral votes. Romney won 47% of the popular vote and 207 electoral votes.
Though American held the election on November 6th, the votes that count were cast today in the state capitals across the country.
Heineman says it’s important for Americans to turn out and vote.
“We get to decide these,” Heineman points out. “We live in a very unique and special country where we enjoy extraordinary freedoms, beginning with we get to choose our elected leaders.”
The Secretary of State’s office reports that six packets of the Nebraska Electoral College documents are sent to the following locations: two sets to the Archivist of the United States, one set to the President of the United States Senate, one set to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court of Nebraska; and the two remaining sets are kept in the office of the Secretary of State.
AUDIO: Gov. Dave Heineman comments on Electoral College. [1:10]