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About Nebraska

Presidential Race

  • 5 electoral college votes
  • Rating:
    • Cook Political Report: Lean Republican
  • 2016 Election Margin: Trump +26.3%

Senate Race

House Races (source: 2018 Swing Left District Resources)

ne-02 district map


  • Cook Political Report: Lean Republican
  • Population Centers: Omaha, 434,353; Papillion, 21,921; La Vista, 17,562; Chalco, 10,994; Gretna, 5,584; Ralston, 5,943
  • Geography and Citizenry: NE-02 is spread over two counties: Douglas, which includes Omaha, and Sarpy, which  comprises several wealthy but less diverse suburbs located west of Omaha. Sarpy  County, the third most populous in Nebraska, has increased from 122,595 in 2000 to  nearly 160,000 in 2010. Omaha is 78% white, 13% Black or African-American, 7.5%  Latino, and 1.74% Asian. Sarpy County is 89.18% White, 4.36% Black or African  American, 4.37% Latino, and less that 1% Asian.
  • Redistricting: In 2011, Nebraska lawmakers moved Offutt Air Force Base and Bellevue (pop. 50,000,  with a large minority population) out of NE-02 while shifting the Republican-heavy  suburbs in Sarpy County into the district.
  • Refugees: Critics claim the federal refugee resettlement program has disproportionately  burdened the state with refugees. During 2016, Nebraska resettled 1,782 refugees,  three times the national per-capita average. Since 2000, Nebraska has taken in  11,000 refugees (from a national total of approximately 900,000).
  • Industry: Although Omaha’s economic activity has historically been concentrated in railroads  and meatpacking, business activity has recently shifted to financial services and  health care. The largest employers in these sectors include Berkshire Hathaway, TD  Ameritrade, Mutual of Omaha, Paypal, and several hospital systems. In 2016,  ConAgra moved its HQ from Omaha to Chicago, costing 1,300 jobs. Union Pacific  operates from headquarters in Omaha.
  • Labor: The Omaha Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, maintains offices in Omaha, as does the  Teamsters Local 554 and Laborers’ Local #1440, an affiliate of the LIU-NA. Other  unions include the Ironworkers Local 21, IBEW Local 22, and Steamfitters & Plumbers  LU 464. UNO adjunct staff may unionize in the near future.
  • Race, Poverty, and Civil Rights: In Omaha, one in three black residents, and sixty percent of black children, live in  poverty. Only Minneapolis has a greater economic disparity between white and black  residents. Prominent African-Americans with Omaha connections include Malcolm X,  Silas Robbins, Matthew Ricketts, and Preston Love; important institutions include  Omaha’s Black Music Hall, the Great Plains Black Museum, the Mayhew Cain  Museum, Omaha Jazz and Blues Festival, and The Omaha Star.
  • Environmental Concerns: Two of Nebraska’s 18 EPA Superfund sites are located in the district: the Omaha Lead  Superfund Site and the Old Highway 275 and N 288th St. proposed site, where a  VOC-contaminated groundwater plume was located in Valley near the Platte River.  Omaha’s tap water comes from the Missouri and Platte Rivers, both of which may be  vulnerable to upstream problems in the DAPL and the Keystone XL, as well as the  Dakota Sandstone Aquifer, which may also be vulnerable.
  • Learn more at NE-02