“There’s a ‘Nebraska nice’ slogan,” said Bacon.
“You look at the map of Illinois, you look at the map of New York, you look at the map of New Jersey – I’ll leave it at that,” Bacon said, referring to redistribution proposals in Democratic states. “The cards they come out with are hardcore.”
The Republicans control the unicameral assemblies of Nebraska and the governor’s mansion, but are somewhat constrained because they lack the votes to break a Democratic filibuster. Democrats find themselves in a similar situation in Maine, where they control all government levers, however The two-thirds majority shy away from unilaterally adopting new congress cards. Maine also has a bipartisan redistribution advisory commission.
The result: the two most momentous congressional districts in the country are fairly isolated from partisan gerrymandering. They’ll be one of the most competitive locations in the House of Representatives battle for the next year – and Omaha and rural Maine will still be on the presidential nominations’ itinerary in 2024.
On the new map, Bacon 2nd Ward still encompasses all of Douglas County in Omaha, but it is swaps parts of suburban Sarpy County for a ruby rural county to the west. Biden would have won the new seat by about the same margin as in 2020. Bacon won by 5 points despite Trump’s struggles in his district.
In an interview, Bacon said he knew lawmakers had come up with the best possible compromise in the face of the Democrats mounted a filibuster. But, he added, he is disappointed that his seat has remained so competitive despite having proven himself at winning difficult races.
“When you’re fighting for your life every two years it’s hard to focus on trying to get in Leadership because they’ll find someone who can easily win, “Bacon said. ‘Because you become a bigger target.”
Nebraska GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the new Nebraska map Thursday.
A day earlier, Democratic Governor Janet Mills approved a new Maine map making modest shifts between the two counties of the state. Golden won the state capital Augusta, however The Democrats had hoped to push Waterville, home of the Colby College of Humanities, into the district. Even so, both cities have small populations and would not have made much of a difference.
“It was kind of a wash, whatever you did,” said Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Golden’s southern neighbor. “For the Republicans who wanted to keep the district more Republican, one of those cities wasn’t a good move. But it doesn’t make Berkeley, it doesn’t make San Francisco.”
Trump won the Golden seat in northern Maine in 2020 by 7 points. Under the new card, his lead would have been only slightly less.
Maine only has two counties. In 2020, Biden won around 60 percent of the vote in the Pingree district, which also includes the state’s largest city, Portland. She could possibly have given enough voters to Golden to make his district at least a little cheaper – although it will still be a top GOP target.
Former MP Bruce Poliquin, the Republican who lost to Golden in the 2018 ranked election, is starting a rematch. Golden was able to overtake Trump so easily in 2020 thanks to a poorly funded Republican adversary; Poliquin will certainly be a more productive fundraiser.
If Trump elects to run again in 2024, he will still be the favorite to win the 2nd District of Maine, which gave him his electoral votes in both 2016 and 2020. However, it is unclear whether another GOP candidate would file the same appeal. The seat voted for Barack Obama twice, with one of the biggest shifts to the right between 2012 and 2016.
“The Trump thing was such an anomaly in politics because it brought out so much more of the ‘I’m the little one and I hate the big one,'” Pingree said. “That was something he successfully wrote to.”
During the presidential primaries, she said she ran into Sen supporters. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Who planned to vote for Trump if Sanders didn’t win the Democratic nomination.
“We are a strange state,” she said. “Our Republicans don’t tend to be Christian conservatives. They tend to be more libertarian, just kind of grumpy – ‘Take my guns away from me. Don’t take my marijuana away. ‘”