Obama Wins Nebraska Electoral Vote
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The election of 2008 came one step closer to formal resolution today, as President-elect Barack Obama won the final ballot count in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District -- an outcome that was anticipated since last week, when a post-election count of unopened early ballots gave him a seemingly insurmountable lead and the Omaha World-Herald called the race in his favor.
Nebraska is one of just two states, along with Maine, that allocate electoral votes by congressional district, and the win gives Obama one of the state's five. The results will be declared official on Dec. 1.
This is the first time a Democrat has picked up an electoral vote in Nebraska since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Only the results in Missouri, with 11 electoral votes, now remain outstanding. The Show-Me State remains too close to call. Sen. John McCain currently leads the popular vote there, though a number of provisional ballots remain to be counted.
Posted at 8:03 PM ET on Nov 14, 2008
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