Nebraska Lawmakers Begin Winner-Take-All Debate


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Lawmakers have begun debate on a bill that would end Nebraska's practice of splitting its electoral votes in presidential elections.

The bill presented Tuesday by Republican state Sen. Charlie Janssen would have Nebraska adopt the winner-take-all system when awarding its electoral votes.

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."