A presidential campaign which seems to have tightened in the final days could make the contest in a Nebraska Congressional District matter more than most would have thought earlier.
University of Nebraska-Omaha Political Science Professor Randall Adkins will be watching election returns tonight, to see if Republican Donald Trump wins battleground states out East.
“Then as we move farther West, if he’s winning states that he’s not supposed to be winning or where there are states where she’s been ahead by one or two percentage points then all of the sudden people are going to be paying attention to this Second District,” Adkins tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Nebraska is one of only two states which award presidential elector votes proportionally. Democrat Hillary Clinton could snag an electoral vote from the state even if she loses Nebraska badly to Trump as expected.
Adkins says the Clinton campaign has been very active in the Second Congressional District. It has offices open, paid staff in Omaha, and volunteers going door-to-door. She has sunk campaign cash into the effort.
“She has been on the ground, doing field work, making phone calls – her campaign has – since, really, Labor Day, in this district,” Adkins says. “And that’s going to make a difference.”
It could also make a difference in the hotly contested Second District Congressional race between freshman Democratic Congressman Brad Ashford and Republican Don Bacon. Adkins says the Clinton get-out-the-vote effort could tip the scale in favor of Ashford.
The Clinton campaign is following a path that has proven successful before.
Then-Sen. Barack Obama picked off an electoral vote from Nebraska in 2008 even though Republican John McCain won nearly 57% of the vote. Obama might have only won 42% of the vote statewide, but he won the Second Congressional District and won one of the state’s five electoral votes.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]