GOP suffers large setback in effort to make successful doubtlessly essential Nebraska electoral vote extra probably

A lone electoral vote in Nebraska might have a decisive impression on the 2024 presidential election. And distinguished Republicans have tried to make it extra probably that the vote may very well be added to the GOP column in November.

However, studies CBS Lincoln/Grand Island affiliate KOLN/KGIN-TV, that effort was dealt an enormous blow by Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday once they voted overwhelmingly to maintain an modification to the state’s election legislation from being hooked up to an unrelated invoice.

Nebraska is a reliably purple state in presidential races. The final Democratic presidential candidate to win statewide was Lyndon B. Johnson over half a century in the past. 

However Nebraska is one in every of solely two states — Maine is the opposite — that awards a portion of its respective electoral votes to the candidate who wins particular person congressional districts. Its most intently watched electoral vote sometimes comes from an space that features the key metro metropolis of Omaha and is way extra aggressive than the remainder of the state. The district’s electoral vote has swung backwards and forwards in latest cycles. 

Republican Donald Trump received the district’s electoral vote in 2016, however he misplaced it to Democrat Joe Biden in 2020. Democratic President Barack Obama misplaced it to Republican Mitt Romney in 2012, however had received it in his first run for the White Home in 2008

The 2024 rematch between Mr. Biden and Trump is predicted to be an in depth race nationally, and in at the least one state of affairs, the presidency might come right down to who wins the Omaha-based district. The trail is way from a certain factor, however in an uncommon election cycle like 2024, the unlikely can rapidly change into more and more doable. 

If Trump wins all of the electoral votes he carried in 2020, and wins Arizona, Georgia and Nevada — all states that he misplaced within the first matchup in opposition to Mr. Biden — he would have 268 electoral votes, two shy of successful again the White Home. 

If Mr. Biden carries the remaining electoral votes he received in 2020, together with these in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, he could be one vote wanting successful a second time period. 

On this scenario Mr. Biden must win the Omaha congressional district in Nebraska to change into president outright. 

If Trump have been to win all of Nebraska’s electoral votes, together with the Omaha swing district, the electoral faculty could be tied at 269 to 269, sending the end result of the election to the U.S. Home to be determined. 

Earlier this week, one distinguished proper wing commentator appeared to pay attention to Nebraska’s doubtlessly decisive function within the election. 

Charlie Kirk, the founding father of Turning Level USA, posted on social media concerning the scenario on Tuesday afternoon, writing that “Nebraskans ought to name their legislators and their governor to demand their state cease pointlessly giving power to their political enemies.” 

He additionally referred to as consideration to a invoice within the Nebraska Legislature that may shift the state to a winner-take-all system and finish the apply of giving every congressional district its personal electoral vote. He ended his message with an encouragement for individuals to succeed in out to the state’s GOP Gov. Jim Pillen and “let him know you need this mounted.” 

Hours later, Pillen’s workplace posted a press release on X, previously generally known as Twitter, emphasizing his assist for the invoice and calling for the change to cross. And later that evening, Trump himself posted on social media applauding the governor’s assertion. 

CBS Information has reached out to the Biden marketing campaign and Republican Congressman Don Bacon, who represents Omaha’s congressional district, for remark. 

Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Celebration, stated in a press release that “Nebraskans wish to hold our truthful electoral system in place which is why earlier makes an attempt by some Republicans during the last thirty years have didn’t undo our break up electoral votes.” 

All that discuss did not imply the Nebraska Legislature was able to plow forward and upend the state’s electoral system, regardless of the robust GOP nature of the state. However the surge in consideration factors to how shut the 2024 election might develop into. 

“It is pathetic,” Nebraska State Sen. Megan Hunt, who will not be a Biden supporter and represents a part of Omaha, stated in a textual content message to CBS Information when requested concerning the GOP push. “And if [Trump] needs to win Omaha’s vote, he ought to come earn it.”

The modification to make Nebraska a winner-take-all state was proposed by Republican State Sen. Julie Slama. After its defeat, Democratic State Sen. John Cavanaugh, who represents Omaha, informed The Washington Put up in a textual content message that Republicans have few different paths to make the change on this legislative session. 

Brian Dakss, Aaron Navarro and Olivia Rinaldi contributed to this report. 

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