Nebraska

Nebraska entered the Union in March 1867, 13 years after it became a territory under the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the first state admitted after the end of the Civil War. The state is strongly Republican in presidential elections – it last voted Democratic in 1964. However, it is one of only two states (Maine being the other) to not use the winner-take-all approach to awarding electoral votes. The winner of the popular vote gets two electoral votes, while one is assigned to the winner of each of the state’s three congressional districts. This approach was established beginning with the 1992 election and has come into play twice, with the Democratic candidate winning the 2nd Congressional District (Omaha area) in both 2008 and in 2020.

Donald Trump won statewide over Joe Biden by 19% in 2020. Nebraska’s primarily rural population has not grown as quickly as other parts of the country, leading to declining electoral influence – from a peak of eight electoral votes before the Great Depression to its current total of five.

ELECTORAL VOTES

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2020 ELECTION

Trump Wins
District 1 & 3
Trump Wins
District 2
Biden Wins

Statewide (larger gauge) is worth two electoral votes; each district is worth one.

2020 Nebraska Polls

Recent Presidential Elections

2020
39.2% 58.2%
2016
33.7% 58.8%
2012
38.0% 59.8%
2008
41.6% 56.5%
2004
32.7% 65.9%
2000
33.3% 62.4%
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Presidential Voting History

State voted with the overall winning candidate

1976
R
1980
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1984
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1988
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1992
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1996
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2000
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2004
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2008
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2012
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2016
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2020
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Electoral College Votes

Republican
Democratic

Colored bars represent electoral votes by party. Hover to see names.

U.S. Senate Voting History

  Class 1984198619881990199219941996199820002002200420062008201020122014201620182020
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D
D
D
D
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D
D
R
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3

Data: MIT Election Data and Science Lab / Harvard Dataverse. These are general election results for the years listed.

There are three classes of Senators; one is up for election every second year. Each state has one Senator in two of the three classes.

U.S. House Voting History

District1984198619881990199219941996199820002002200420062008201020122014201620182020
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2
R
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D
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D
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3
R
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Data: The Princeton Gerrymandering Project. These are general election results for the years listed.

Vertical lines before 1992, 2002 and 2012 show Census-related redistricting breakpoints. Geographic borders associated with district numbers may have changed.

Governor Voting History

1974
D
1978
R
1982
D
1986
R
1990
D
1994
D
1998
R
2002
R
2006
R
2010
R
2014
R
2018
R

Data: Wikipedia. These are general election results for the years listed.