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Legislature advances bill to restore Nebraska’s winner-take-all Electoral College method
|Last Edited||RP Apr 05, 2016 09:57am|
|Media||Newspaper - Omaha World Herald|
|News Date||Tuesday, April 5, 2016 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Republican lawmakers took a big step Monday in their effort to return Nebraska to a winner-take-all system of deciding presidential electors. |
But Legislative Bill 10 has another hurdle to clear before the change could become law. If passed, the measure would take effect in time for the next presidential election, in November.
Returning to a winner-take-all system of awarding Electoral College votes has been a priority for the state GOP since Nebraska abandoned that method in 1991.
For the past 25 years, the state has awarded three of its five electoral college votes on the basis of which candidate wins each congressional district. The two other votes go to the statewide winner.
The state split its votes in 2008, when the Omaha-area’s 2nd District vote went to Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, while the rest of the state’s votes went to John McCain, the Republican.
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