First woman of color elector in Nebraska casts Electoral College vote for Joe Biden

WASHINGTON – The first woman of color to serve as a presidential elector in Nebraska cast her vote on Monday for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. 

Precious McKesson cast the 2nd Congressional District's vote Biden. 

The state's electors met in a hearing room in the state Capitol, and though the formal vote was quick and generally subdued, when it was announced that McKesson had cast her vote, loud applause filled the room.

McKesson, who is Black, is first woman of color to serve as an elector in Nebraska, according to the Omaha World-Herald, and she cast a single vote to represent Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.

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“I am beyond thrilled to have cast the electoral vote for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris,” McKesson said. “Hard work and dedicated supporters assisted in electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our new leadership. I am confident we will see the change that is needed to heal our nation.”

Precious McKesson poses for a portrait in Benson Park Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Omaha, Neb. McKesson will be the elector for Omaha's 2nd Congressional District for the electoral college vote. (Lily Smith/Omaha World-Herald via AP) ORG XMIT: NEOMA302

McKesson's vote was doubly historic, as she voted for Harris to become the first Black woman and South Asian woman to be vice president. McKesson told CNN casting her ballot for the first woman of color on a presidential ticket "meant so much." 

"It meant so much for many women who every day fight this good fight to make sure that our democracy is not taken for granted. And so to be able to cast that vote for Kamala Harris today, it meant the world to me. And I'm just so happy that I was able to do that, especially here in Nebraska," she said.

While two of the four Trump electors this year are women, McKesson is the first woman in Nebraska to cast an electoral vote for a Democratic candidate.

Splitting electoral votes

Though President Donald Trump won nearly 59% of the vote in Nebraska, only four of the state's five electors voted for him because it is one of two states, along with Maine, that does not award its electors based on a winner-take-all system.

Though two electors go to the winner of the popular vote in the state, Nebraska's remaining three electors are awarded to the winner of each of its congressional districts

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Almost all of the state's electors have historically gone to Republicans, with the exception of President Barack Obama's victory during his first campaign. And Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, which is includes Omaha and its suburbs, has a history of being competitive.

Then-Sen. Obama, with Biden as his running mate, won Nebraska's 2nd District in 2008, making history in a state that had never split its electoral votes until then. Monday's vote was only the second time Nebraska has cast an Electoral College vote for a Democratic candidate.

Biden and Harris are expected to receive 306 electoral votes on Monday, topping 232 for Trump, once all the electors have cast their ballots — including all of the states where Trump and his legal team have contested the results.

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The electoral votes will then be counted at a special joint session of Congress on Jan 6. before Biden and Harris are inaugurated Jan. 20.

Contributing: William Cummings