Government
11:30 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Winner-take-all bill dead for the year in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lawmakers have scrapped a bill to turn Nebraska into a winner-take-all state when awarding its electoral votes in presidential elections.

Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont ended his push for the measure on Wednesday, acknowledging that he didn't have enough votes to overcome a legislative filibuster. Lawmakers moved the bill to the bottom of their agenda, effectively killing it for the year.

The bill had divided Democrats and Republicans in the officially nonpartisan, one-house Legislature. Nebraska awards two of its electoral votes based on a statewide vote and three by congressional district.

The state split its electoral votes for the first time in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama captured one from Nebraska's 2nd congressional district in Omaha on his way to the presidency.

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The bill is LB382

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