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Nebraska's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Nebraska that encompasses the core of the Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area. It includes all of Douglas County, which includes Omaha, as well as the suburban areas of the western part of Sarpy County. It has been represented in the United States House of Representatives since 2017 by Don Bacon, a member of the Republican Party.


Demographics


According to the APM Research Lab's Voter Profile Tools (featuring the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey), the district contained about 473,000 potential voters (citizens, age 18+). Of these, 80% are White, 9% Black, and 6% Latino. Immigrants make up 5% of the district's potential voters. Median income among households (with one or more potential voter) in the district is about $73,400, while 8% of households live below the poverty line. As for the educational attainment of potential voters in the district, 40% hold a bachelor's or higher degree.

Electoral vote in presidential elections

Nebraska and Maine are the only two states in the United States which distribute their electoral votes for president based on presidential candidates' performance in their respective congressional districts in addition to their statewide performance. The statewide popular vote winner for president receives two electoral votes, and the winner of each of Nebraska's congressional districts—there are currently three such districts—receives an electoral vote from the respective district. While the rest of the state's electorate tends to be solidly Republican, the 2nd district is much more closely divided between the two main parties—Republican and Democratic. In the 2008 United States presidential election, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama targeted the district as a strategy of breaking a potential electoral-vote tie. He won the district's electoral vote by a margin of 3,325 votes over his chief general election opponent, Republican John McCain. However, McCain won Nebraska's statewide popular vote, as well as the district-wide popular vote for the other two Nebraska congressional districts, thus receiving four electoral votes from Nebraska. (Archived by WebCite at https://www.webcitation.org/5kaEXuAwS) Obama's victory in the 2nd district meant that Nebraska's electoral delegation was split for the first time ever. It also marked the first Nebraskan electoral vote for a Democrat since 1964. By contrast, in 2012 and 2016, Republican presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Donald Trump won the 2nd district, as well as the overall statewide vote and the electoral votes of the first and third districts. (Archived by WebCite at https://www.webcitation.org/6Bzdk9RLy) The district flipped back to the Democratic Party in 2020, giving its one electoral vote to Joe Biden.https://www.washingtonpost.com/


Recent elections


This district is known as a swing district; it was one of six districts with a margin of less than 5% in all four elections after the 2010 Census. It has also backed the overall winner of every presidential election who won the Electoral College vote since 2000, except for when it voted for the losing candidate Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in 2012. As of , it is one of nine districts that voted for Joe Biden in 2020 while being held or won by a Republican.


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Redistricting

In 2011, Nebraska lawmakers changed the district to excise Offutt Air Force Base and the city of Bellevue — an area with a large minority population — and moved the borders to include the Republican-heavy Omaha suburbs in Sarpy County. The move was expected to dilute the city's urban Democratic vote, which Democrats criticized for gerrymandering.


List of members representing the district




Election results from presidential races



Historical district boundaries



See also

* Nebraska's congressional districts * List of United States congressional districts

References

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Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present


External links


Rep. Don Bacon's official House of Representatives website
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