Saturday, October 4th — Omaha for Obama?

October 4, 2008

Today I Learned…

…that the electoral vote attached to the Omaha, Nebraska congressional district could very well be in play.

(Thanks once again to FiveThirtyEight for this… don’t worry, in a month I most likely won’t be linking to them anymore.)

As you may or may not know, Nebraska is one of two states (Maine being the other) that allocates its electoral votes by congressional district instead of winner-take-all.  Nebraska has 5 electoral votes — it gives one to the winner of each congressional district and the final two given to the winner of the statewide popular vote.

Two of the districts are solidly Republican.  However, the district which contains Omaha — the largest city in the state — is fairly Democratic, and the Obama campaign thinks that they can win there.  Sean at 538 spoke to Obama’s Nebraska State Director, who said that they should consider the district in play if McCain starts sending more surrogates there.  Obama just opened up a second field office in town, as well.

Well, McCain didn’t just send a surrogate — he sent Sarah Palin.  When the McCain campaign would rather have its VP nominee in Omaha, Nebraska rather than in MICHIGAN of all places (from which the Republican nominee pulled his resources in the past few days, effectively ceding the all-important swing state to Obama), you have got to think they’re running scared.

Special bonus polling data!

538 also projects Democrat Kay Hagan with a win percentage above 50% over incumbent Elizabeth Dole for the first time in the North Carolina race for the Senate.


2 Responses to “Saturday, October 4th — Omaha for Obama?”

  1. AlexP1 Says:

    …So, 40 year old history is now news….The Vietnam War as a travesty in this nation back then, so when the RNC/GOP lie machine are unable to talk about the real problems that need to be discussed, economy, health care, war, unemployment, aids, they come up with this crapola….

    peeeuuu Palin should keep her idiotic and repetitive mouth shut…with her Caribou Barbie pull string in her back….

    What about news from just 2 weeks ago….

    Katie: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part as your foreign policy experience, what do you mean by that?

    Sarah: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side… the land… uhh boundary… that we have with uhhh Canada. It it it’s fff-funny that a comment like that was uh kind of made to…… uhh… character…….uhh……I don’t know… know…….reporters…

    Katie: Mocked?

    Sarah: Yeah, mocked. I guess that’s the word. Yeah. umm….

    Katie: Well, explain to why that enhances your foreign policy credentials?

    Sarah: Well, it certainly does. Because our……our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They are in the state that I am the executive of.

    Katie: Have you ever been in an negotiations for example with the Russians

    Sarah: We have trade missions back and forth we… we… It’s very important when you even consider nation security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and and uh comes into the a a a air space of the United States of America wh wh where do they go? It’s Alaska, it’s just right over the border. It it is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that…. an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there they are right next to umm our state.

    ….What about the Keating five in 1988 20-year-old story when McCaint was 52…

    The story may be old, but it’s recently become surprisingly relevant to current events — we are, after all, talking about a scandal involving major bank failures, financial fraud and greed, and political ineptitude.

    There is history repeating itself 20 years later….

    McCaint is running with a message about his ability to “reform” both DC and Wall Street record.

    I agree with Jack Cafferty at CNN and his take on that CBS Interview…

    Watch that report @

    McCaint is no hero…but peeeuuu Palin is a hero sandwich…full of old baloney
    …….and a witch doctor in her closet

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