The only time this happened was in 2008, when Barack Obama also won the 2nd District despite a nationwide defeat. Maine's 2nd District also supported Trump while the state as a whole voted for Biden, this marks the first time in history that Nebraska and Maine have shared their votes in the same election (Trump also won 2nd place in Maine in 2016). Trump prevailed in Nebraska's two other districts of the US House of Representatives without any problems. You can find one larger version of our map here.
Despite the second step to the left, the Republican MP was able to fend off Don Bacon from Democrat Kara Eastman 51-46. Eastman had held Bacon on one surprisingly small 51-49 win two years earlier in a race that bypassed large democratic outskirtsbut both national parties spent millions here.
However, Bacon worked hard to portray himself as a non-partisan figure, which had a positive impact when he received prominent endorsement from former Democratic MP Brad Ashford, whom he deposed in 2016. (Ashford tried to regain his seat in 2018 only to lose the primary to Eastman, who then defeated former Congressman Ann Ferlic Ashford's wife in this year's Democratic nomination contest.)
Bacon's victory in particular makes him the first Republican we have found representing a Biden district, although he will not be the last. This is also not the first time a Republican Congressman has won in Omaha thanks to crossover voting. Back in 2008, Republican incumbent Lee Terry temporarily put aside his tough image Appeal directly to Obama Terry voterswhom he described as "people who want the right kind of change".
The strategy worked, and Terry won re-election 52-48 when Obama wore that 2nd district 50-49although he never again showed concern about "driving the right kind of change". However, despite winning in difficult circumstances, Terry found a way to lose re-election during the 2014 GOP wave to Ashford.
Trump easily took the other two seats in Nebraska. While Democrats showed some optimism in the summer Trump's 56-41 win was just a tad smaller than his 57-36 lead in 2016. Republican Rep was the first district to be home to Lincoln and the surrounding rural areas. Jeff Fortenberry, meanwhile, turned down a challenge from Democratic State Senator Kate Bolz from a larger 60-38. Trump also easily won Republican Adrian Smith's sprawling 3rd Ward in the rural western part of state 76-22, which wasn't much different from his 75-20 four years ago.
Republicans will again be the main actor in the upcoming round of redistribution, but it is not yet clear how much power they will have. Nebraska's unicameral legislature, formally impartial but run by the GOP, offers lawmakers an unusually strong filibuster. republican could not win the two-thirds majority It would have to overcome a Democratic filibuster aimed at stopping new cards (a job that would then likely be up to the courts), but the GOP retains the ability to end the filibuster rule by simple majority.