Sanders says presidential race could come down to Omaha district

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Omaha (Photo by Fred Knapp, NET News)
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November 5, 2016 - 1:04am

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Omaha Friday night.


In 2008, Barack Obama won the Electoral College vote in the Omaha-area Second Congressional District. In 2012, he lost it. This year, Sanders argued, the district could have a decisive impact on the overall election.

“Nobody knows what the results of the election will be – my own gut feeling is that it’s going to be a very, very close election. And I want you all to put into your mind the possibility that it may come down to one electoral vote: the electoral vote in this district,” Sanders said.

Sanders, who attracted broad support against Clinton in the primaries, has been an independent socialist who caucused with the Democrats in Congress. He said when he started in politics, Vermont was a Republican state. He said a key to success was treating people with respect. And he gave some examples of issues he said matter to people, regardless of party registration.

“You’ve got a lot of Republicans in Nebraska who are working for eight, nine, ten bucks an hour. They can’t make it. They want – we want – to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. There are a lot of women in Nebraska who are Republicans who are making 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. They want pay equity, we want pay equity,” he said.

Sanders also contrasted Clinton’s positions to those of Republican nominee Donald Trump, for example on climate change. “What Secretary Clinton understands is that the scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real; caused by human activity and already causing devastating problems in our country and all over the world,” he said.

Sanders noted Trump has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

Sanders made no mention of another close race, between incumbent Democrat Brad Ashford and Republican challenger Don Bacon, for the House of Representatives.

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