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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]

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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.

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 representativesEdit

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

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?". MSNBC. 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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