As he totaled the electoral votes coming in by hand, he kept up his mantra:
“Ohio. Ohio. Ohio.”
Well, political savants, here’s the latest scenario, via the New York Sun:
“Obama’s Presidential Fate May Rest in Omaha“
The possibility of such a decisive role for the Midwestern city exists because Nebraska allocates electoral votes by congressional district rather than on a statewide, winner-take-all basis.
(The) scenario involves the likely Democratic nominee, Senator Obama of Illinois, taking every state Senator Kerry of Massachusetts won in 2004 with the exception of New Hampshire. Under this carefully chosen sequence of events, the presumptive Republican nominee, Senator McCain of Arizona, hangs on to all of President Bush’s winning states from 2004, except for Iowa, Colorado and either New Mexico or Nevada. The result: a 269-269 tie, with 270 votes needed to win the presidency.
Of the five electoral votes up for grabs in the Cornhusker State, the one belonging to the 2nd Congressional District is considered the best prospect for Mr. Obama, though the area is still not particularly welcoming.
Still, since Omahan’s can never get enough national attention thrown their way — the CWS, NCAA, American Idol, BRK, the Olympic trials — some Presidential fawning would be right up their alley. And, hey, isn’t that Johnny Mac on his way next month?
But Obama and McCain going door-to-door in Dundee, networks in tow, in late October? Well, we can dream can’t we…
(Thanks to our anonymous source for pointing to this article.)