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Nebraska electors cast votes, one makes history in the process

Posted at 10:18 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 23:30:59-05

On Monday, five people cast their ballots to formalize Nebraska’s 2020 presidential election. One of those electors made history as the first woman and African-American to cast an Electoral College ballot for a Democrat in Nebraska.

Precious McKesson, who represents the second congressional district in Nebraska, cast the historical vote.

McKesson and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb hope her vote will inspire change in a Republican-dominated state.

"You started to see the blue dots in Lincoln and in Omaha and other parts across our state so this is really an opportunity to balance the scales. No one wants one-party rule," Kleeb said.

After President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris won the second congressional district, McKesson and Kleeb are feeling hopeful about the future of their party.

"All shades of blue are welcome, that's progressives, moderates and conservatives," Kleeb said. "That's why Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the second congressional district. They made sure there was a space for all Democrats, they really spoke to issues across ideologies."

Elector-at-large Steve Nelson cast a ballot for President Donald J. Trump. Nelson believes the current commander-in-chief has a big future on the national stage.

"Donald Trump got a lot of votes for President," Nelson said. "In a lot of people's minds, Donald Trump has done a lot of great things for our country, so that's not going to go away."

But McKesson vows to keep fighting and turn the tide.

"We've learned we still have a lot of work to do, it doesn't stop," McKesson said.

McKesson says the Democratic Party will stay focused on President-Elect Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" plan.

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