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  (NE) Heineman wants one electoral winner
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Last EditedScottĀ³  Dec 13, 2008 03:58am
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News DateSaturday, December 13, 2008 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionOmaha World-Herald.

"As the state canvassing board put the "official'' stamp Monday on the Nov. 4 election results, Gov. Heineman said he would prefer that Nebraska return to a winner-take-all system of awarding presidential electoral votes.

A Democratic Party leader, meanwhile, said there are bigger issues to tackle than changing a system that he said "worked.''

Heineman, a Republican and a member of the Board of State Canvassers, said a winner-takeall system was set up to give more clout to smaller states.

A winner-take-all system in every statewould more clearly delineate a presidential winner, he said, than if all states used the electoral system adopted by Nebraska and Maine. Nebraska made the change in 1991.

The system produced a historic result Nov. 4 when Barack Obama won the 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses Douglas County and a portion of Sarpy County. He was the first Democrat to win a Nebraska electoral vote in 44 years.

Republican John McCain claimed the four other votes.

Heineman likened the system to a football game in which points are awarded to the team that leads in each quarter, and the team that is ahead at the end shares points with the loser.

Heineman said the issue is steeped in partisan politics.

If California adopted the Nebraska system, he said, McCain would have won 20 of its 55 electoral votes.

"I haven't heard any Nebraska Democrats urging anyone out in California'' to adopt a system similar to Nebraska's, he said."
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