July 17th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Not taking Nebraska for granted

McCain says he will have to compete in Nebraska.
McCain says he will have to compete in Nebraska.

OMAHA, Nebraska (CNN) - John McCain has made a recent habit of telling audiences at his fundraisers that he is “the underdog in this race.”

But is he so far behind Barack Obama that he’ll spend serious time and money competing in …Nebraska?

"We are the underdog," McCain said at a finance event in Ashland, Nebraska Wednesday night. "We are not taking the state of Nebraska for granted. I’m going to campaign here and compete here and I need your help. We need to organize. We need to get out the vote. We’ve got a headwind because our economy’s tough.”

According to the CNN Electoral Map, Nebraska is solidly red, a “safe” state for McCain. The state hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964.

It’s one of two states, along with Maine, that splits its electoral votes according to congressional districts – one vote for each of the state’s three congressional districts, with two more votes allocated to the state winner.


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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Josh in NY

    Bob Barr in 08!

    July 17, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. what?

    John McCain a true Republican....like Bush.

    July 17, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Didine - Maryland

    Sorry McCain, you are on your own. You will lose in every state because we all support Barack Obama, our next president. You supposed to be the most experience candidate but we are all disappointed by all your mistakes. It is time for you to retired or seek medication for alzeimer.

    July 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    In spite of what the polls may be saying right now, I forsee Obama winning the presidency with over 300 electoral college votes. It doesn't matter if he wins a state by 2% or 20%, he is going to rewrite the electoral college map and win the presidency with a mandate. The debates will be McCain's downfall and that is why Barack is not agreeing to the town hall meetings right now...this sets McCain up for the kill in the Fall.

    July 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Absolutely

    Nebraska is all for McCain!

    Obama won't stand a chance here.

    We all love our country, opposed to Obama and company!

    July 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain doesn't know Czechoslovakia is now the Czech Republic and has been for many years. Pathetic.

    July 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    You shouldn't take any state for granted, people are sick of the non caring, for the rich only republicans like yourself. But hey there's always Iraq....

    July 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Jim, Minneapolis

    John McCain doesn't know how to use the internet. He's never sent an email before. And this guy is a United States Senator in the 21st Century. Talk about a good reason for term limits in Congress. Please, let's vote for someone who has a better sense of modern day society. Vote Obama.

    July 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. McCain=the draft

    How about a retirement home in Nebraska, with a dementia ward.

    July 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Mike - Texas

    McCain can't take ANY states for granted!!

    Especially since he is only running in 50 states whereas Obama is running in 57.

    July 17, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. big roy

    These CNN blogs are full of Liberals. its pathetic

    July 17, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Nicole in NE

    I know it sounds crazy to some, but Lincoln & Omaha districts could swing for Obama, they have seperate delegates here.

    There is a growing support here for Obama and also for other local democrats. It could be close

    They both should campaign here

    Obama 08'

    July 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. nancy

    I guess we have to take the vice-presidential selection of Senator Chuck Hagel seriously:)!

    July 17, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Julius above Montana

    SAY no Mc-copy Cat BuSh

    July 17, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. slm, Itn

    McSame Bomb Bomb Bomb Czechoslovakia opps!!!!! sorry forget no longer exist. What an old goat.........

    July 17, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Phil Gramm

    The economy isn't tough, John; it's all in your mind, remember?

    Stop whining!

    July 17, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Abby

    big roy, the country is full of liberals.

    July 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. WallyWutMD

    West Virginia and Kentucky are McCain's only safe spots. Besides those two Redneck strongholds, there's nowhere to run to. This will be a landslide of seismic proportions... Although, now that good'ole American Budweiser (the Redneck's preferred beverage) just got bought out by a foreign company, maybe even they"ve finally had enough of Republican rule. Perhaps WV and KY can give up their prejidice if it means saving their American brew!

    July 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    CzechoNebraska is up for grabs.El Bomber is hell scared.

    July 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. James From Chicago

    All this money Obama is raising is coming from people that cannot afford it, mostly people that cannot affor to buy food for their kids.
    I have no problem with Obama raising millions, but let it come from the rich who can afford it. He should have taken public financing and not food out of childrens mouths.

    I think Obama could win without buying his way into the White House.

    Of course Obama supporters will comment on this blog as saying I am a racist. ANYONE that isn't going to vote for Obama they say is a racist. Vote for who you believe in.

    July 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. eric

    Hey big roy, I think you mean this blog is full of thinking people who observe the state of the country and know things need to change. If you want to read blog posts from fellow mouth-breathing Republicans, go to Faux News. With their ratings sagging, I'm sure they'd love to have you.

    July 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. EMJ

    big roy "These CNN blogs are full of Liberals. its pathetic"

    You should go to Politico, um I mean Republico.com
    They never miss a chance to put out a story in a negative light.

    McCain/Grim Reaper 08!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Steve

    How McCain can be leading in the polls as the person American trust most when it come so a crisis is beyond me. He cannot even remember what he voted for as evidence recently when asked by a reporter about his support for Viagra and not birth control pills. God forbid we ever has a crisis and he's has to answer the phone. I trust Obama judgement ans wisdom. Not McWar. And what's this BS about I know how to win. He was a prisoner.

    July 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. LIZ

    McCain's speech and experience blows Obama away!! You can see it in the way he speaks..... Amazing!!

    July 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Kendra

    Nicole in NE July 17th, 2008 12:17 pm ET

    I know it sounds crazy to some, but Lincoln & Omaha districts could swing for Obama, they have seperate delegates here.

    There is a growing support here for Obama and also for other local democrats. It could be close

    They both should campaign here
    ------------
    She's right. I lived in both District 1 and District 2 (Lincoln and Omaha's districts) in the last few months–moved to Lincoln to be closer to school–and both are very strongly leaning towards Obama so it wouldn't surprise me at all if Obama gets 4, if not all 5, of our states delegates.

    Obama has campaigned here and plans to come back. There is absolutely nothing wrong with focusing on us here in Nebraska. We are just as important as every other state.

    July 17, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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