Nebraska voters turned out in record numbers

    Former Vice President Joe Biden had some help from Douglas and Sarpy counties’ voters in his presidential run.
    Both counties, which make up Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, saw an increase in the number of residents who supported the Democratic presidential candidate.
    In 2016, about 35% of Sarpy County and 47% of Douglas County voters submitted a ballot in favor of Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. This year, about 43% of Sarpy County voters and 55% of Douglas County voters favored Biden.
    The rest of Nebraska also increased its support for the Democratic presidential nominee, voting for him by a higher percentage than they did for Clinton.
    Still, Trump’s support remained steadfast. And some government officials, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, are waiting longer to officially declare Biden as the winner.
    “This election is not over until every legal vote is counted and the process is scrutinized by the courts,” Taylor Gage, Ricketts’ director of strategic communication tweeted Saturday.
    “It is premature for some members of the media to declare a winner at this time.”
    In Nebraska, the results have officially been counted.
    Congressional District 1 increased its voter turnout by 12% and support for the democratic nominee increased by six percentage points, from 35% to 41%.
    Support for President Donald Trump remained around 56%.
    Congressional District 3 overwhelmingly supported Trump with 76% of its voters submitting a ballot in his favor, which is two percentage points more than 2016. Support for Biden was also two percentage points more than support for Clinton in 2016.
    Nebraska broke its previous record turnout, with 74% of eligible voters casting ballots. Other than the congressional vote to Biden, Nebraska voted for Republican representatives. Sen. Ben Sasse won reelection, and all three Republican representatives, Rep. Adrian Smith, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and Rep. Don Bacon, will remain in Congress.

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