(Neb)-Winner-Take-All Electoral College Bill Gets Hearing
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers are once again looking at a bill that would prevent the state from splitting its electoral votes, as it did for Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race.
Sen. John Murante of Gretna told the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs committee Thursday that his proposal would allow the state to speak with one voice in presidential elections.
Winner-take-all has been one of the top priorities for several years of the Nebraska Republican Party and GOP elected leaders. Opponents say it reduces the incentive for Omaha-area Democratic voters to participate in elections and for the presidential and vice presidential candidates to come to Nebraska to campaign.
Maine is the only other state where it's possible to divide electoral votes between opposing presidential candidates in a general election.
Nebraska awards two electoral votes to the statewide winner and one to the winner of each congressional delegation. Obama's victory in Omaha's 2nd Congressional District is the only time Nebraska's votes have been split.
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