Omaha, Nebraska is not only the center of the country, but could also be the epicenter of the 2020 elections next year. Nebraska’s 2nd District is a microcosm of the growing urban and rural divide, House Republicans need to hold the seat to take back the majority, and it might be a must-win for President Donald Trump to earn a second term.
In North Carolina’s 9th District “redo” election this week, Democrat Dan McCready distanced himself from Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party in a two-year House campaign. And still, looking at the results, he overperformed in the suburbs and underperformed in the rural areas, ultimately falling short to Republican Dan Bishop.
Those results already leave more questions than answers about candidate preferences when it comes to Nebraska’s 2nd, where suburban voters could have a clear choice. They might have to choose between a Republican congressman who is an honorary chairman of Donald Trump’s Nebraska election team or a Democrat endorsed by Justice Democrats, the group that launched Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The answer to the question of whether moderate suburban voters prefer a progressive Democrat or a Trump ally could also have a profound impact on the presidential election. In the presidential race, the candidate who carries Nebraska’s 2nd receives a vote in the Electoral College. In the event that the two presidential candidates end up with 269 votes each — if Trump wins Florida and Wisconsin again while Democrats…