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Who are the Biden-Bacon voters in the Omaha region? | Federal government

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JOSEPH MORTON AND HENRY J. CORDES Omaha World-Herald

Jay C. Jackson describes himself as a pro-life Republican whose Papillion yard campaign signed this cycle for Rep. Don Bacon and Senator Ben Sasse.

Next to this pair of Nebraska Republicans, however, was another sign featuring Abraham Lincoln in Aviator sunglasses and the slogan “Ridin ‘with Biden.”

“My wife and I always believed that there were more important things than the politics involved in this election and that President (Donald) Trump was not someone we could vote for,” Jackson said.

Jackson was one of many “Biden-Bacon” voters in Omaha, Nebraska’s 2nd District who decided to split their tickets for 2020. This group was essential for Bacon to beat his Democratic challenger, Kara Eastman. by several percentage points and secured a third term in Congress even as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the district and his only Electoral College vote.

The Nebraskans cast a record number of votes; the participation rate could exceed 75%

In total, Eastman underperformed Biden’s numbers by nearly 20,000 votes. She was able to stay close to the former vice president in strongly democratic areas such as North Omaha. But she received about 4,000 fewer votes than Biden in Sarpy County, a high-density Republican area where voters such as Jackson live, and even in many ridings where Biden and Eastman have prevailed, the total of her votes. was inferior to his.

In Douglas County, Biden and Eastman both easily carried an enclosure just north of Memorial Park, for example, but Eastman failed to score as much as Biden. Instead, she fell short of Biden’s performance by around 10 percentage points.