Trump handed shadow loss with Electoral College change in key state batted down — for now

Lawmakers in Nebraska rejected an attempt to change the way the state awards electoral votes to a “winner-take-all” system on Wednesday night, but the sponsor of the effort said he intends to try again before the legislative session ends.

Nebraska allocates its electoral votes based on a popular vote in each congressional district with two at-large electors who mirror the popular vote of the entire state, being the only state alongside Maine to do so. Gov. Jim Pillen (R-NE) announced his support to change the system on Tuesday, but the state Senate voted down the proposal 36-9 on Wednesday night.

Republican state Sen. Julie Slama brought the proposal to change the system via an amendment to another bill, saying she wanted to get each senator on the record on the matter.

“Given the recent
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