President-elect Donald Trump was able to hold Nebraska’s five electoral votes as a red-state bloc, preventing Democrat Hillary Clinton from securing the lone electoral vote available in the Omaha-area congressional district.
The latest unofficial results from the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office gave Trump a 9,085-vote lead over Clinton. That will be more than enough to prevent Clinton from overtaking him in the 2nd District as the provisional ballots and the last-remaining early votes are counted.
Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse said there are 5,500 to 6,000 provisional ballots yet to be counted, and an equal number of mail and early-voting ballots that arrived at the office, or were delivered to drop boxes on Election Day.
That makes 11,000 to 12,000 potential more ballots to count. Clinton would need to win nearly all of them in order to catch up with Trump, an unlikely prospect.
Trump won Nebraska overall, 60 percent to 34 percent. He won almost 58 percent of the vote in the 1st District and 75 percent in the 3rd District.
In the 2nd District, Trump won 47.8 percent of the vote compared with Clinton’s 44.5 percent, after factoring in write-in votes.
Clinton won Douglas County by some 3,000 votes, and Lancaster County by fewer than 100 votes. Those were the only two Nebraska counties that went Democratic in the presidential election.
In the rest of the 2nd District — the fast-growing, Republican-leaning Sarpy County suburbs — Trump rolled to a 12,000-vote advantage.
Trump certainly benefited from Nebraska’s congressional redistricting that shifted western Sarpy County into the 2nd District. That move followed Barack Obama’s 2nd District win in 2008.
But Trump was likely to have won the 2nd District even if it had drawn its Sarpy County voters from the eastern part of the county, including Bellevue. That area went for Trump, too.