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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.

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The Barack Obama campaign did a great job of organizing in this district to get one of Nebraska's electoral votes and Republicans were asleep at the switch when the allowed the states electoral votes to be apportioned by congressional district. They had nothing to gain in the process.

To be fair, all states should use the same method to apportion electoral votes. If the system becomes a hodgepodge of states using different methods it will not be fair.

Obama gets one vote in Nebraska because the state uses congressional apportionment. Yet, in other states where John McCain won congressional districts but lost the statewide popular vote, he gets nothing.

This one vote does not matter in this election because the electoral vote was not that close. But, in a close election, the unfairness of states using inconsistent methods to allocate electoral votes could become a big issue.

To be fair, all states should use the same method in allocating electoral votes. Perhaps, the fairest thing would be to eliminate the electoral college altogether.

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