Raleigh, N.C. – President Obama padded his already overwhelming Electoral College victory over John McCain four years ago by taking one of Nebraska’s three congressional districts despite losing statewide by 15 points. Though the state legislature redrew the districts to try to ensure that would not happen again, there is still a chance it may, per PPP’s latest poll of the state.
Mitt Romney leads Obama by only 12 points statewide (51-39)—less not only than McCain’s margin of victory but equal to Ron Paul’s lead and also less than that of the man he is trying to fend off for the nomination. Rick Santorum tops Obama by 17 points, 55-38, while Paul matches Romney at 49-37. Only Newt Gingrich fares worse than Romney, leading the president by nine (49-40). Obama trails Romney by only one point in the 2nd Congressional District he snatched from McCain last time; he ties Santorum.