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Biden flips key Nebraska district

Biden flips key Nebraska district
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE won a key Nebraska House district to earn a single Electoral College vote, a victory that could make a difference in a race that’s shaping up to be a nail-biter.

Fox News, CNN and NBC News all called Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District for Biden, with tallies showing him with a roughly 11-point lead with nearly 86 percent of votes counted.

Nebraska grants two Electoral College votes to its statewide winner and one vote to the winner of each of its three House districts. President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE won the statewide vote and the state’s other two congressional districts.

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The 2nd Congressional District last voted for a Democrat in 2008, when then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMichelle Obama shares Father's Day tribute: 'Our daughters couldn't have asked for a better role model' Biden raised key concerns with Putin, but may have overlooked others Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax MORE (Ill.) carried it by a single point before losing it by 7 points in 2012 to Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE. Trump won the district by 2 points over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE in 2016.

The district’s solitary Electoral College vote has the potential to play a pivotal role in a race that will likely come down to the wire. Biden and Trump are running neck and neck Tuesday, and it is possible the Nebraska district will help the former vice president hit the 270 Electoral College votes needed to clinch a victory.

The district includes the Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area and Omaha’s suburbs, representing the kind of urban-suburban areas that have drifted away from the president since his 2016 victory and that the Biden campaign was targeting. 

“Biden just fits the district,” Jane Kleeb, chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party, told The Hill last month. “There’s obviously definitely progressive voters in the 2nd Congressional, but there’s a lot of moderate voters. I think when people think of Nebraska, they think of mostly [agriculture], and obviously our state is mostly [agriculture] but the second congressional district is Fortune 500 companies and tech start-ups. It’s the hipster tattoo shops, and then the historic cultural Black stores as well.”

Biden earlier in the night expressed optimism about his chances for victory, noting that millions of votes in key Midwestern swing states have yet to be tallied. 

“As I’ve said all along, it’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who won this election. It’s put to the American people. But I’m optimistic about the outcome,” he said in Wilmington, Del.

The Nebraska district is also hosting a competitive House race between Rep. Don Bacon (R) and progressive Kara Eastman that has yet to be called.