LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Lawmakers have begun debate on a bill that would end Nebraska's practice
of splitting its electoral votes in presidential elections.
bill presented Tuesday by Republican state Sen. Charlie Janssen would
have Nebraska adopt the winner-take-all system when awarding its
Nebraska split its electoral votes for the first
time in 2008, when Barack Obama captured one from Nebraska's 2nd
District on his way to winning the presidency.
Nebraska has five
electoral votes. Two go to the statewide winner. Three are split based
on who won in each of Nebraska's congressional districts.
The bill advanced out of committee last year on a 5-3, party-line vote.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha promised an eight-hour filibuster on the bill, calling it "strictly and purely partisan."