KIOS-FM

2016 election

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican Don Bacon has won Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District seat and defeated incumbent Democrat Brad Ashford.

Paul Landow joined KIOS this morning for discussion of the election results and what comes next.  

Dr. Landow holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and concentrates his teaching and research on the politics of Omaha and Nebraska. He has worked at every level of government, including as executive director of a state political party, as an aide to a Member of Congress, and from 2001-08 as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Omaha.

The race was still too close to call early Wednesday morning with election officials determining that Republican challenger Don Bacon held a slight edge over incumbent Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford with only about 70 percent of the vote counted.

The Republican nominee won Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold.

GOP candidates prevailed in enough races Tuesday to remain the dominant party even though senators aren't controlled by formal party leadership.

Trump easily won Nebraska's four other electoral votes Tuesday, but the outcome of the 2nd congressional district remained unclear until well after midnight.

The action reverses the Legislature's decision last year to repeal capital punishment.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republicans dominate politics in Nebraska, but there still will be plenty of uncertainty as voters go to the polls on Election Day.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Voters will have an opportunity Tuesday to reverse an action taken by the Legislature and reinstate Nebraska's death penalty, but moving forward with executions could take years.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's upcoming general election might seem like a low-key affair with no U.S. Senate or governor's races on the ballot, but Republicans view it as a chance to reassert the state's conservative leanings.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse predicts a voter turnout for the 2016 Statewide Presidential General Election of 70% in Douglas County.

Join us Tuesday at 7:00 PM for live election night coverage from NPR  and local updates from Omaha Public Radio.

  

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The bus system that serves Omaha and neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa, will be giving free rides to the polls next week.

Last Day for Early Voting Approaches

Oct 31, 2016

Omaha, Nebr. - The deadline for voters to vote an early voting ballot in person at the Election Commission is Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska Republican Party official says the GOP is working to reschedule a campaign rally and political fundraiser with vice presidential candidate Mike Pence after both events were canceled.

UNO has been offering a series of Debate Watch events that started with the first Presidential Debate.

Early Voting Begins

Oct 6, 2016

The Douglas County Election Commission mailed approximately 42,000 ballots on Monday for early voting by mail.

Data from the Pew Research Center indicates Millennials make up more than a third of the nation’s potential electorate but their voting participation is the lowest of any group.

The purpose of the Heartland Workers Center’s Get out the Vote campaign is to increase voter turnout among Latinos in South Omaha. 

A little over 56,000 voters will have to go to a new polling place starting with the 2016 Statewide Presidential Primary Election on May 10th.

Nebraska has 25 delegates and five super-delegates at stake when Democrats caucus Saturday.

Nebraska Democrats prepare to caucus for the third time

Feb 29, 2016

Four days after Super Tuesday, Nebraska Democrats will caucus for the third time.

With the Iowa caucus past, the focus is on now on next Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton has narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Only a week remains before the Iowa caucuses — the first contest in a tumultuous presidential campaign that has challenged long-held political assumptions.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A volunteer for the presidential campaign of Ben Carson has died after being hospitalized with injuries suffered in a car accident in western Iowa that hurt three other campaign workers.