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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Nebraska

Except for 1964, Nebraska has consistently voted Republican for more than 50 years. It is a religious, conservative heartland.

Key facts
Population: 1,652,093 (ranked 36 among states)
Governor: Mike Johanns (R)
Electoral College votes: 5
The state is as steady geographically as it is politically. Pioneers who travelled through the flat state believed it to be infertile and dubbed Nebraska the "Great American Desert". But Nebraska's agricultural potential was soon realised and farming became the backbone of the state's economy.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 3 Republicans
Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
This is where the Populist movement of the 1890s developed under the leadership of William Jennings Bryan and farming has continued to dominate the economy and the political agenda.

Voting record
1996: Dole 54%, Clinton 35%
1992: Bush 47%, Clinton 29%, Perot 24%
1988: Bush 60%, Dukakis 39%
Modern Nebraskan agriculture involves agri-businesses such as food packaging, meat processing and fertiliser production, as well as the traditional hog and crop farming. The 1990s brought growth and increased diversity to the rest of the economy too.

Omaha is home to several insurance companies and billionaire investor Warren Buffett, in addition to several more established telecom and credit processing companies.

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