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STORY BY BY MEG WAGNER, MELISSA MACAYA, VERONICA ROCHA, MELISSA MAHTANI AND AMANDA WILLS, CNN

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Published on November 3, 2020 9:33 PM

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Race to 270 is a nail-biter
Nebraska and Maine are the only two states that apportion some of their electoral votes based on how each congressional district votes. That means that while four of Nebraska's five electoral votes heavily favor the GOP, one of them — awarded to the presidential candidate that wins the Omaha-based 2nd District — is in play. (So is Maine's 2nd district, which is more competitive than the Democratic-leaning state overall.)

Both the Biden and Trump campaigns have closely watched the two districts, knowing that there are potential outcomes to the race that could leave the candidates nearly tied, struggling to cross the 270 electoral vote threshold.

The Omaha-based district is the sort of suburban territory that has shifted rapidly in Democrats' favor during Trump's presidency. Republican Don Bacon won a hotly contested congressional race there in 2018 by 2 percentage points, but that was against a challenger more progressive than Democrats nominated in most close races in ...