Democrat Hillary Clinton is placing her bets on winning one Electoral College vote in deeply Republican Nebraska.
Nebraska and Maine are the only two states which award presidential electoral votes proportionally. All other states award their electoral votes to whoever wins the state.
Though Barack Obama lost Nebraska in 2008, he gained the electoral vote from the Second Congressional District by winning Omaha.
Democrat Hillary Clinton hopes for a repeat in a state no one questions Republican Donald Trump will win.
For Clinton to pick off that lone electoral vote, Clinton Battleground States Director Meg Ansara says the campaign has invested heavily in its ground game.
“It’s those real life person-to-person conversations at the door, on the phone, that we think make a difference and we’ve been investing in that heavily since early this summer,” Ansara tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview.
Democrats began a concerted effort in the Second during the summer, when it aggressively pushed voter registration among Democratic-friendly groups. It opened two offices in the district with paid staff.
Clinton, herself, made a campaign stop in Omaha this summer.
Anasara says the presidential campaign has been coordinating with the re-election campaign of Democrat Brad Ashford, a freshman Congressman, facing a tough challenge by Republican Don Bacon, the former commander of Offutt Air Force Base in Papillion.
The Clinton camp has added money as well.
The Hillary Victory Fund has announced it will spend an additional $250,000 in Maine and Nebraska to help down-ballot Democrats. The campaign will not disclose how much of that total will be spent in Nebraska. The Clinton campaign has already spent more than $320,000 in the congressional district.
Ansara says Obama’s 2008 success provides a guide, but can’t be the only focus.
“I think it’s a combination of looking towards the pass, but also being open to new opportunities and new possibilities given the unique nature of this race.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]