NEBRASKA 5 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Nebraska Secretary of State) 
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.
1,934,408
Total Registration, Nov. 2020
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Nebraska has: 93 counties.
Largest counties: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy.
Largest cities: Omaha, Lincoln. 

Government
Governor: Pete Ricketts (R) re-elected in 2018.
State Legislature: Nebraska Legislature   Unicameral: 49 Senators
Local: Cities/Counties/Villages Local Government   NACO
U.S. House: 3R, 0D - 1. J.Fortenberry (R) | 2. D.Bacon (R) | 3. A.Smith (R)
U.S. Senate: Deb Fischer (R) re-elected in 2018, Ben Sasse (R) seeking re-election in 2020. 
2020
U.S. Senate: Sen. Ben Sasse (R) is seeking a second term.  Chris Janicek (D), Omaha wedding cake designer, won the May 12 primary, but in June the Nebraska Democratic Party demanded that he withdraw from the race after a charge of sexual harrassment.  On July 19 the party endorsed Alisha Shelton but Janicek vowed to remain on the ballot and the party could not replace him.  On Sept. 10 Preston Love, Jr. (D w/in), who teaches Black history at University of Nebraska Omaha and served as campaign manager for Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign, announced as a write-in candidate, backed by the party.  Gene Siadek (L) is also running.
U.S. House:
All three members are se re-election. In NE-2 (Omaha all of Douglas Co. and part of Sarpy Co.),
Rep. Don Bacon (R), first elected in 2016, faces a re-match with 2018 nominee Kara Eastman (D).
State Legislature: 25 of 49 seats are up.
Ballot Measures:
Nebraska voters will decide two constitutional amendments and four initiatives. 
Proposed Amendment No. 1 would eliminate slavery or involuntary servitude as a punishment for crime; Proposed Amendment No. 2, the tax increment financing repayment amendment, would help encourage redevelopment of blighted areas; Initiative 428 would cap payday lender interest rates (yes); Initiatives 429, 430 and 431 would expand gambling (yes | no).

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Note: Nebraska Revised Statute 32-714 sets out that at large presidential electors vote for the statewide winner and CD electors for the winner in the CD.
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Election Calendar

Early Voting

Sept. 28, 2020:  Early voting ballots begin to be mailed out.
Oct. 5, 2020:  Early voting in county election offices begin.
Oct. 23, 2020:  Last day to request a ballot to be mailed to you.
Nov. 2, 2020:  Last day to vote early in county election office.
On the ballot
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Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)






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Requirements for nonpartisan status presidential candidates include
a petition signed by not less than 2,500 registered voters filed with the Secretary of State by August 1. >
Overview: Trump will very likely carry Nebraska, but the Biden campaign is in a strong position to win the electoral vote from the 2nd CD (Omaha area) (R | D).

Trump  |  Biden


See also:
David Siders.  "Trump's suburban collapse costs him in Nebraska."  Politico, Oct. 18, 2020.

Aaron Sanderford.  "Trump, Biden staff up in Omaha, signaling fierce fight for 2nd District."  Omaha World-Herald, July 6, 2020.



Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Nebraska Revised Statute 32-401 sets the statewide primary on the "first Tuesday after the second Monday in May in even-numbered years."  See also 32-704.
Number of persons voting: 492,580 of 1,216,336.
Democrats
Official: Biden 126,444 (76.83%), Sanders 23,214 (14.10%)... Total 164,582.   details

33 Delegates: 20 District, 6 At-Large, 3 PLEO, 4 Unpledged.

Republicans
Official: Trump 243,721 (91.40%), Weld 22,934 (8.60%)... Total 266,655.

General Election Winners in Nebraska, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Bush
46.58%
Dole
53.66%
Bush
62.25%
Bush
65.91%
McCain*
56.56%
Romney
59.80%
Trump
58.75%
*In 2008 Obama picked up one electoral vote in Nebraska's 2nd CD.

 
and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,349,903.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 62.5%.


Voter Registration Deadlines:
Oct. 21, 2016 -
online, by mail, etc.
Oct. 28, 2016 - in-person at a election commission office

Early Voting:
Must request an early voting ballot in writing. Oct. 3 is the first day for early voting ballots to be mailed; Oct. 11 is the first day to vote early at an election commission office.
Official Results >

 
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
495,961
(58.75)
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
284,494
(33.70)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
38,946
(4.61)
Stein/Baraka (pet.)*
8,775
(1.04)
scattering, w/ins
16,051
(1.90)
Total........844,227

at polls  613,016
mail  12,138
provisional  12,411
early voting  220,914
military and overseas  1,981

1st CD: Trump 158,642 (56.18%)  Clinton 100,132 (35.46%)  Johnson 14,033 (4.97%)  Stein 3,374  (1.19%)  Scattering, w/in 6,181 (2.19%)  Total: 282,362.

2nd CD: Trump 137,564 (47.16%)  Clinton 131,030 (44.92%)  Johnson 13,245 (5.45%)  Stein 3,347 (1.15%)  Scattering, w/in 6,494 (2.23%)  Total: 291,680.

3nd CD: Trump 199,755 (73.91%)  Clinton 53,332 (19.73%)  Johnson 11,668 (4.32%)  Stein 2,054 (0.76%)  Scattering, w/in 3,451 (1.28%)  Total: 270,260.


Overview: Trump-Pence amassed a plurality of 211,469 votes (25.05 percentage points) and carried all but two of the state's 93 counties en route to winning all three of Nebraska's electoral votes.  The Clinton campaign competed for the electoral vote from the 2nd CD (Omaha area).  On Aug. 22 Democrats opened an office in Omaha.  Warren Buffett ("the sage of Omaha") was one of Hillary Clinton's more prominent supporters.  However the Democratic campaign in the 2nd fell short by 6,534 votes (47.16% to 44.92%).
   There were only a couple of visits by the principals in the Fall: Clinton campaigned and did a fundraiser in Omaha on Aug. 1, and Pence rallied in Omaha on Oct. 27
    During the primary period Sen. Ben Sasse (R) drew considerable attention for his letter outlining why he could not support Trump or Clinton (+) and there were efforts to recruit him to run as a third-party conservative candidate (+).

Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,321,948.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 60.1%.


Total voting: 804,245 -- includes  595,284 at the polls (74.02%), 207,575 early voters (25.81%), 1,267 military, and 119 new/former residents.

Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 19, 2012.
Early Voting: Oct. 1, 2012.
Calendar [PDF]


Registration
: Rep. 558,145 (47.96%)   Dem. 374,075 (32.14%)   Nonpartisan 228,361 (19.62%)    Lib. 3,164    Am.Elect 126  ...Total 1,163,871.
Official Results >

 
+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
475,064
(59.80)
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
302,081
(38.03)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
11,109
(1.40)
Terry/Smith (Pet.)
2,408
(0.30)
Scattering (w/in)
3,717
(0.47)
Total........794,379

total voting: 804,245
2012 Overview
In 2008 Obama picked up one electoral vote from the 2nd CD (Omaha area).  In 2011 Republicans in the legislature made an unsuccessful effort to return the state to a winner-take-all system (see LB21 or [PDF]).  Romney/Ryan won in all three congressional districts:
1st CD  152,021 (57.43%) to 108,082 (40.83%); 2nd CD 140,976 (52.85%) to 121,889 (45.70%); 3rd CD  182,067 (70.24%) to 72,110 (27.82%).
  Statewide Romney's plurality was 172,983 votes (21.77 percentage points).  There were a few visits.  Michelle Obama did a couple of events in Omaha on April 24; Mitt Romney did a couple of events in Omaha on May 10, Ann Romney did a fundraiser in La Vista on Sept. 21, and Paul Ryan an airport arrival in Omaha on Oct. 20; and Jim Gray did a meet and greet in Omaha on Aug. 7.
Obama  |  (Romney)
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,278,980.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 62.6%.

Total voting: 811,923 -- includes 634,977 at polls, 2,584 military and overseas, 174,219 ev/absentee, and 143 new/former residents.

Voter Registration Deadline: Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 17, 2008.  In-person registration at county election offices ends at 6 p.m. on Oct 24.
Early Voting: Starting Sept. 29, 2008.



Registration:
Rep. 558,465 (48.27%)  
Dem. 392,943 (33.96%)   Neb. 8,625  (0.74%)   Grn. 1,041   Nonpartisan 195,507 (16.90%)   Lib. 453  ...Total 1,157,034.

                        Official Results >


+McCain/Palin (Rep.) 452,979
(56.56)
Obama-Biden (Dem.) 333,319
(41.60)
Baldwin/Castle (Neb.)
2,972
(0.37)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.)
1,028
(0.13)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
2,740
(0.34)
Nader/Gonzalez (Pet.)
5,406
(0.67)
w/in
2,837
(0.35)
Total........801,281



2008 Overview
Nebraska distributes electoral votes by congressional district rather than the winner-take-all system used by most states.  The Obama campaign actively campaigned in the 2nd CD (Omaha area--all of Douglas County and part of Sarpy County) and picked up one electoral vote, gaining 138,809 votes (49.97%) to 135,439 (48.75%) for McCain.  In the 1st CD McCain won by 148,179 votes to 121,411 for Obama and in the 3rd CD McCain won 169,361 votes to 73,099 for Obama.  Statewide, McCain's plurality was 119,660 votes (14.96 percentage points).
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,236,522.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 62.9%.

Total voting: 792,906 -- includes 681,998 at polls, 2,964 military and overseas, 107,740 ev/absentee, and 204 new/former residents.

Registration: Rep. 575,781 (49.63%)    Dem. 396,767 (34.20%)    Lib. 4,717 (0.41%)   Neb. 4,575 (0.39%)   Grn. 398 (0.03%)   Nonpartisan 177,961 (15.34%)  ...Total 1,160,199.


+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
512,814
(65.91)
Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
254,328
(32.69)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 2,041 (0.26)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Neb.) 1,314
(0.17)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.)
978
(0.13)
Calero/Hawkins (Pet.)
82
(0.01)
Nader/Camejo (Pet.)
5,698
(0.73)
write in
931
(0.12)
Total........778,106
 




2004 Overview
No doubt about the outcome here as Bush swept to a plurality of 258,486 votes (33.22 percentage points).  The Kerry campaign did have a director in the state and did manage to carry one county, Thurston County, by 1,212 votes to 1,154 votes.  (Thurston County borders Iowa and is a bit south of Sioux City; it has a large Native American population).

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,224,178.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate:
56.9%.

Total voting: 707,223 -- includes 625,557 at polls, 851 military and overseas, 80,452 absentee, and 363 new/former residents.

Registration: Rep. 537,605 (49.54%)    Dem. 392,344 (36.15%)    Lib. 1,790 (0.16%)   Nat.  65 (-)  Grn. 325 (0.3%)   Nonpartisan 153,088 (14.11%) ...Total 1,085,217.
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
433,862
 (62.25)
Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
231,780
(33.25)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
2,245
(0.32)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (NLP)
478
(0.07)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
24,540
(3.52)
Buchanan/Foster (Petition)
3,646
(0.52)
Phillips/Frazier (Petition)
468
 (0.07)
Total........697,019

2000 Overview
Solidly Republican Nebraska went solidly for Bush with a plurality of 202,082 votes (29.00 percentage points). Bush carried all 93 counties. Democrats did retain the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Bob Kerrey (D) as former Gov. Ben Nelson (D) defeated Don Stenberg (R) by 51.0% to 48.8%.

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Bush (Rep.)...........344,346
(46.58)
Clinton (Dem.)........217,344
(29.40)
Perot (Ind.).............174,687
(23.63)
Others (3).................2,906
(0.39)
Total........739,283

1996
Dole (Rep.).............363,467
(53.66)
Clinton (Dem.)........236,761
(34.95)
Perot (Ref.)..............71,278 
(10.52)
Others (3)..................5,909
(0.87)
Total........677,415