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Winner-take-all bill returns after Biden win in 2nd District

January 7, 2021 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state law that allowed President-elect Joe Biden to win one of Nebraska’s Electoral College votes could once again be in jeopardy under a new bill introduced Thursday in the Legislature.

The measure would reinstate the winner-take-all system in Nebraska, awarding all five of its Electoral College votes to the statewide winner in presidential races.

Nebraska Republicans have tried for years to repeal the 1991 law that lets the state divide its votes. Nebraska is overwhelmingly Republican, and a Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won statewide since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

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The current system enacted in 1991 awards two votes to the statewide presidential winner and three by congressional district. The 2nd Congressional District encompassing Omaha has broken from the rest of Nebraska twice to support Democratic candidates Barack Obama in 2008 and Biden last year.