Will Nebraska restore “Winner-Take-All”?


Since 1991 Nebraska has cast three of its five electoral votes based on the winner in each of its three congressional districts. Every other state but Maine uses a state-wide winner-take-all system. Last month the Omaha World-Herald reported that some lawmakers want to repeal that law and return to winner-take-all.

Rather than increasing the fairness of elections, Nebraska Republicans claim the current system gives Democrats an unfair advantage nationally: Republicans won’t get far by targeting a particular region of a blue state, while Democrats can come away from Nebraska (historically a red state) having moved their candidate closer to the magic 270. In the last election Sen. McCain won the statewide popular vote, but Sen. Obama still gained one of the state’s five electoral votes.

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