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Winner-take-all fails in Nebraska Legislature

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 16:30:53-04
The state of Nebraska will not go back to a winner-take-all system for presidential electoral votes.
 
Supporters failed to overcome a legislative filibuster Tuesday of a bill that would end the allocation of electoral votes by congressional district. That stopped a Republican attempt to increase the chances of their 2016 presidential nominee winning all five of the state's electoral votes.
 
Nebraska and Maine are the only states where electoral votes can be divided between opposing presidential candidates in a general election. They award one electoral vote to the winner of each congressional district, and the other two to the statewide winner. The Nebraska system led to President Barack Obama winning one electoral vote in 2008 because he won the congressional district that includes Omaha.