Omaha Public Radio News
2:26 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Nebraska voter turnout 42 percent

Omaha, NE – 42 percent of Nebraska's registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's midterm election.

Unofficial election results show voter turnout was 37 percent in Douglas County and 41 percent in Sarpy County. Among the winners was Congressman Lee Terry, who was elected to a seventh term as Nebraska's Second District Congressman.

UNO political scientist Randy Adkins says he's surprised by Terry's two-to-one margin of victory over Tom White. Adkins attributes Terry's big win to Republican momentum and a strong campaign.

The GOP regained control of the U.S. House with wins Tuesday. Adkins expects less will be accomplished in Congress next session with a Republican-controlled House and a Democrat-controlled Senate. "I think what's going to happen is there's going to be a lot of debate, there's going to be a lot of discussion, I don't know how much really dialog is going to exist, but there's going to be a lot of rhetoric that flies between the two, and I think it's going to slow government down," Adkins says.

Adkins says that could benefit President Obama because he can disagree with Congress and veto policies the opposite party supports.