Two states, Nebraska and Maine, have rules that call for splitting their electoral votes by congressional district. Now, for the first time in the modern era, one has done so. Barack Obama has won one of Nebraska’s five electoral votes, according to the Omaha World-Herald. (Maine’s four votes went to Obama on Election Day.) The president-elect’s total now stands at 365.
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has openly questioned whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has the experience or qualifications to effectively serve as president, the Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday. Also, Hagel’s not buying the argument that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives Palin any particular edge or special insights about U.S.-Russian relations.
A gunman who opened fire at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday afternoon turned his gun on himself after killing eight people and wounding nine others, according to local authorities. At a news briefing following the shooting at the Von Maur department store, Sgt. Teresa Negron of the Omaha Police Department said the person believed to be the gunman was dead and his identity had not yet been confirmed.