Breaking down Tuesday's Election Night results


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - Josie Schafer told FOX 42 News Wednesday there was a lot of interest in this year's general election. She says that's reflected in the number of Nebraska's registered voters. On Election Day, it was about 1.2 million.

"There were more engaged voters than we've seen in any other midterm election," said Schafer, the director for the Center of Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Schafer said Wednesday voter turnout was also much higher than it was just four years ago.

"Very close to the 2016 election."

Pulling up an election map by county, she showed where the strongholds were for Democratic and Republican candidates. On the state and federal level, a sea of red dominated shades of blue in Omaha and Lincoln.

"In order for Democrats to win in this state, the metropolitan counties would have to go overwhelmingly Democrat."

Of the 237 precincts in Douglas County, for example, a graphic from the Secretary of State's Office showed Kara Eastman beat incumbent Congressman Don Bacon by 4,095 votes. She got a lot of support in places like Dundee and south Omaha. It was not enough, however, because in Sarpy County's 52 precincts, that same graphic showed Congressman Bacon winning easily with an 11,407 vote differential to push him over the top. He got a lot of support in places like Papillion and La Vista.

According to political science experts, of the people who cast ballots, some of them were inspired to vote for different reasons from health care to tax cuts.

As for Schafer, she says some people are more likely to vote than others.

"High education voters and high income voters as well."

According to the Secretary of State's Office, voter turnout for Tuesday's election was estimated to be about 56 percent. In Douglas County alone, voter turnout was impressive to the election commissioner. He predicted turnout to be about 52 percent. He now expects that figure to be three or four percent higher.

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