20 April 2024
Politics

Nebraska Republicans Renew Push for ‘Winner Take All’ Electoral System

A renewed push by Nebraska Republicans to maneuver to a “winner-take-all” system in presidential elections has raised the prospect that the 2024 contest may finish in an electoral faculty tie — with the Home of Representatives deciding the winner.

Nebraska and Maine are the one states that divide their electoral votes in keeping with the presidential winners of congressional districts. In 2020, Joseph R. Biden Jr. gained the japanese district round Omaha and its one vote. On Tuesday, Gov. Jim Pillen of Nebraska, a Republican, threw his support behind a G.O.P.-led bill languishing within the state’s unicameral legislature that may finish the observe.

“It will deliver Nebraska consistent with 48 of our fellow states, higher replicate the founders’ intent, and guarantee our state speaks with one unified voice in presidential elections,” Mr. Pillen wrote in a press release.

The resurrection of the state invoice was sparked this week by Charlie Kirk, the chief govt of Turning Level USA, a pro-Trump conservative advocacy group, who pressed the state legislature to move forward on social media.

Former President Donald J. Trump quickly endorsed the governor’s “very smart letter” on his social media website.

And for good purpose. If Mr. Biden have been to carry Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, however lose Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and the one Nebraska vote he took in 2020, the electoral faculty could be deadlocked at 269 votes every. The Home would then determine the victor, not by complete votes however by the votes of every state delegation. That will nearly actually give the election to Mr. Trump.

However that Solar-Belt-sweep-plus-one situation nonetheless is likely to be out of attain. Democrats within the legislature expressed confidence on Tuesday that they might filibuster the measure, and the state legislative session is about to finish on April 18.

Conversely, Maine, the place Democrats maintain the governor’s workplace and a majority within the legislature, may change its system to take again the electoral vote that Mr. Trump gained in 2020. Mr. Biden gained Maine by 9 proportion factors, however Mr. Trump took a vote within the electoral faculty by successful the state’s rural second district.