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Nebraska's 2nd congressional district

Nebraska's 2nd congressional district encompasses the core of the Omaha metropolitan area. It includes all of Douglas County, which includes Omaha, and the suburban areas of western Sarpy County. In the United States House of Representatives, it is currently represented by Don Bacon, a Republican.

Nebraska's 2nd congressional district
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Nebraska's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Don Bacon
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Distribution
  • 97.86% urban
  • 2.14% rural
Population (2015)652,870
Median income$66,390[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+4[2]

Electoral vote; 2008 presidential raceEdit

Nebraska and Maine are the only two states in the United States which distribute their electoral votes for president based on presidential candidates' performance in their respective congressional districts in addition to their statewide performance. The statewide popular vote winner for president receives two electoral votes, and the winner of each of Nebraska's congressional districts—there are currently three such districts—receives an electoral vote from the respective district.

While the rest of the state's electorate is heavily aligned towards the Republican Party, the 2nd district—centered as it is on the city of Omaha—is more closely divided between the two main parties—Republican and Democratic.

In the 2008 United States presidential election, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama targeted the district as a strategy of breaking a potential electoral-vote tie.[3] He won the district's electoral vote by a margin of 3,325 votes over his chief general election opponent, Republican John McCain.[4] However, McCain won Nebraska's statewide popular vote, as well as the district-wide popular vote for the other two Nebraska congressional districts, thus receiving four electoral votes from Nebraska.[4]

Obama's victory in the 2nd district meant that Nebraska's electoral delegation was split for the first time ever. It also marked the first Nebraskan electoral vote for a Democrat since 1964.[4] By contrast, in 2012 and 2016, both Gov. Mitt Romney and Donald Trump won the 2nd district, as well as the overall statewide vote and the electoral votes of the first and third districts.[5]

Recent electionsEdit

This district is known as a swing district; it was one of six districts with a margin of less than 5% in all three elections after the 2010 Census.

2006 electionEdit

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 99,475 54.7% −6.4%
Democratic Jim Esch 82,504 45.3% +9.1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 181,979

2008 electionEdit

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 142,473 51.9% −2.8%
Democratic Jim Esch 131,901 48.1% +2.8%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 274,374

2010 electionEdit

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 93,840 60.8% +8.9%
Democratic Tom White 60,486 39.2% −8.9%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 154,326

2012 electionEdit

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 133,964 50.8% −10.0%
Democratic John Ewing 129,767 49.2% +10.0%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 263,731

2014 electionEdit

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Brad Ashford 83,872 49.0% −0.2%
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 78,157 45.7% −5.1%
Libertarian Steven Laird 9,021 5.3% +5.3%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Turnout 171,050

2016 electionEdit

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Don Bacon 141,066 48.9% +3.2%
Democratic Brad Ashford (Incumbent) 137,602 47.7% −1.3%
Libertarian Steven Laird 9,640 3.3% −2.0%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Turnout 288,308

2018 electionEdit

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Don Bacon (Incumbent) 126,715 51.0% +2.1%
Democratic Kara Eastman 121,770 49.0% +1.3%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 248,485

RedistrictingEdit

In 2011, Nebraska lawmakers moved Offutt Air Force Base and the city of Bellevue — an area with a large minority population — out of the Omaha-based 2nd District and shifted in the Republican-heavy Omaha suburbs in Sarpy County. The move was expected to dilute the city's urban Democratic vote, which Democrats criticized as gerrymandering.[6]

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years of Service Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1883
James Laird Republican March 4, 1883 –
August 17, 1889
48th
49th
50th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Gilbert L. Laws Republican December 2, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st [Data unknown/missing.]
William A. McKeighan Populist March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
David Henry Mercer Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Gilbert M. Hitchcock
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1905
58th [Data unknown/missing.]
John L. Kennedy Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1907
59th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Gilbert M. Hitchcock
Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1911
60th
61st
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Charles O. Lobeck
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1919
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Albert W. Jefferis
Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1923
66th
67th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Willis G. Sears
Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1931
68th
69th
70th
71st
[Data unknown/missing.]
H. Malcolm Baldrige Republican March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Edward R. Burke
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Charles F. McLaughlin
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1943
74th
75th
76th
77th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Howard Buffett
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1949
78th
79th
80th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Eugene D. O'Sullivan Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
81st [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Howard Buffett
Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1953
82nd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Roman Hruska
Republican January 3, 1953 –
November 8, 1954
83rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when elected U.S. Senator.
Jackson B. Chase Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1957
84th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Glenn Cunningham
Republican January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1971
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
 
John Y. McCollister
Republican January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1977
92nd
93rd
94th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
John J. Cavanaugh
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1981
95th
96th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Hal Daub
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1989
97th
98th
99th
100th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Peter Hoagland
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 1995
101st
102nd
103rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Jon L. Christensen
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 1999
104th
105th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired run for Governor of Nebraska.
 
Lee Terry
Republican January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2015
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Brad Ashford
Democratic January 3, 2015 –
January 3, 2017
114th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Don Bacon
Republican January 3, 2017 –
Present
115th
116th
[Data unknown/missing.]

Election results from presidential racesEdit

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=31&cd=02
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Curry, Tom (2008-11-02). "Is Obama-Terry the winning ticket in Omaha?". NBC News. Retrieved 2008-11-20. If the national electoral vote tally is close, then the one electoral vote in Omaha would loom large. But with Obama apparently ahead in competitive states such as Virginia, the presidency may not hinge on Omaha's vote.
  4. ^ a b c Staff reporter (2008-11-14). "Obama wins 1 of Nebraska's electoral votes". AP. Retrieved 2009-10-17. (Archived by WebCite at https://www.webcitation.org/5kaEXuAwS)
  5. ^ Walton, Don (2012-11-07). "Romney wins 2nd District electoral vote". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2012-11-07. Republican nominee Mitt Romney appeared to have won the battle for Nebraska's only competitive presidential electoral vote Tuesday night. [...] Romney held comfortable leads in both the 1st District, which includes Lincoln, and the vast 3rd District, as well as statewide. (Archived by WebCite at https://www.webcitation.org/6Bzdk9RLy)
  6. ^ Schulte, Grant (May 27, 2011). "Nebraska Redistricting Maps Approved". AP. Retrieved August 10, 2012.

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