Live Blog: Nebraska 2020 Election Results

Nov. 3, 2020, noon ·


The NET News team is covering the 2020 election all day and late into the night. Follow our local and regional coverage here, along with live results for all the key Nebraska races and, as well as national coverage from NPR.

The Nebraska Secretary of State is posting all results online starting at 8pm Central.

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Update 1:15 a.m. CT

Republicans Appear Short Of Fillibuster-Proof Supermajority In Nebraska Legislature

Update 12:50 a.m. CT

Rep. Don Bacon Wins Re-election In 2nd Congressional District

Update 12:30 a.m. CT

Biden Takes Electoral Vote In 2nd District, Trump Wins Nebraska's 4 Other Votes

Update 12:08 a.m. CT

State Sen. Julie Slama keeps seat in bitter race

From Associated Press: State Sen. Julie Slama has easily defeated challenger Janet Palmtag in an unusually bitter race that pitted two Republicans against one another in the officially nonpartisan Legislature. The race exposed a divide in the state GOP. Slama, of Peru, was backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts, who appointed her to the seat last year. Palmtag was endorsed by former Gov. Dave Heineman. Slama's campaign came under criticism for attack ads accusing Palmtag of being soft on crime that pictured Palmtag with state Sen. Ernie Chambers, one of only two Black lawmakers for the state. Critics included former governors Heineman and Democrat Bob Kerrey, who accused Slama of "race-baiting tactics."

Update 11:50 p.m. CT

Amendment extending TIF repayment is approved

Update 11:38 p.m. CT

Fortenberry Reelected To First Congressional District

Update 11:15 p.m. CT

Voters approve measure to strip slavery language

From Bill Kelly: The Nebraska State Constitution shall no longer carry any justification for slavery. Voters overwhelming agree to strike a reference that indicated slavery was still allowed as a punishment for a crime.

Although Nebraska banned slavery in 1875 an exception remained in the state’s constitution. It was retained as punishment for a crime. State Senator Justin Wayne successfully convinced the state legislature to place the repeal of the clause on this year’s ballot. He has said the results on this issue would send an important message about the values held by Nebraskans

Update 10:30 p.m. CT

Update 10:30 p.m. CT

Payday Lending Initiative Passes

From Associated Press: Nebraska voters have overwhelmingly approved a measure to cap the annual interest rate on payday loans at 36%. The measure changes existing state law, which allows lenders to charge more than 400% annually. Supporters of the measure argued that such high rates victimize low-income borrowers and those who do not understand lending requirements. Industry officials countered that the high rates are misleading because most loans are short-term and that capping the interest rate will put lenders out of business.

Update 9:00 p.m. CT

Adrian Smith wins re-election for Third Congressional District

Update 8:05 p.m. CT

Ben Sasse wins re-election for U.S. Senate

Update 7 p.m. CT

Update 5 p.m. CT

Voting Hasn't Changed Much In Ruby, Nebraska

From reporter Fred Knapp: Election Day brings long lines to some polling places, but not to the one in Ruby, Nebraska. A small white clapboard building, built in 1883, serves about 250 registered voters across 36 square miles of farmland.

Read more here.

Update: 4:30 p.m. CT

In Buffalo County not only did a record number of voters cast their ballots early, but polling locations around Kearney were swamped when they opened and remained busy all day. Buffalo County Election Commissioner Lisa Poff said she anticipates a historic voter turnout.

"This one, of course, is the biggest by far. We've not ever had over 10,000 early ballot requests before. And yeah, it's, it's been the biggest. I've been in this office since actually 97," Poff said. "And we've not ever had voting like this before, since I've been here anyway."

Poff says it renews her faith in democracy, but: "I just wish that everybody treated all the elections like a presidential election."

Poff says the only problems in Buffalo County have been of the sort seen in most any election. Of the ten thousand early ballots submitted before election day, only 400 could not be tallied because of errors by made the voter.

Update: 10 a.m. CT

State officials say Nebraska voters have reported getting anonymous phone calls telling them to "stay home and stay safe." Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen said in a statement polling places are open despite the coronavirus pandemic, and says polls are safe for voters and election workers.

Nebraska polls are open until 8 p.m. Central Time and 7 p.m. Mountain Time. At least 483,000 Nebraskans have already voted early, more than double the number that voted early in the 2016 presidential election.

NPR Live Blog

Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.