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Nebraska state Sen. Charlie Janssen at the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 13, 2013.

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Nebraska state Sen. Charlie Janssen at the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 13, 2013.

Nebraska Debates Electoral College Changes

Nebraska legislators are weighing a bill that would reinstate a “winner-take-all” system of awarding presidential electoral votes. The state’s unicameral legislature is in its second day of debating a bill that would scrap Nebraska’s two-decade-old system of awarding one electoral...

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Democratic presidential candidate, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, acknowledges the auditorium as Republican presidential candidate, Vice President George Bush, looks on after their final debate in Los Angeles, Calif., in this file photo 1988 file photo.

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Democratic presidential candidate, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, acknowledges the auditorium as Republican presidential candidate, Vice President George Bush, looks on after their final debate in Los Angeles, Calif., in this file photo 1988 file photo.

Bush-Dukakis, 25 Years Later — Electoral Ground Has Shifted

Today marks a quarter-century since Republican George H.W. Bush defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election. It’s striking how the Electoral College map has evolved over a generation. Let’s review: Bush, who won 40 states, 426 electoral votes and...

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Haley Barbour

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Haley Barbour

Barbour: Dividing Electoral Votes Wrong

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour is not a supporter of Republican proposals to allocate electoral votes in some states by congressional district rather than winner-take-all. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” he says in an interview on...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrate on election night,  Nov. 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrate on election night, Nov. 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Congress Makes Obama-Biden Re-elections Official

A 22-minute joint session of Congress today certified the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, who led the session as the Senate’s presiding officer, formally announced that he and Obama each received 332 electoral votes,...

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President Barack Obama celebrates after delivering his acceptance speech in Chicago on Nov. 7, 2012.

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President Barack Obama celebrates after delivering his acceptance speech in Chicago on Nov. 7, 2012.

Obama: First with Two 51′s in Five

Eight weeks after the Nov. 6 presidential election, a revised vote count in New York shows that President Barack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the vote twice. State...

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President Barack Obama shown in Times Square in New York.

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President Barack Obama shown in Times Square in New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 242

That’s the number of electoral votes in the states that Democrats have won in six straight presidential elections. The tally includes 18 states and the District of Columbia. The total of 242 electoral votes is just 28 below the 270...

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A collage of campaign buttons hangs on the wall while volunteers call potential voters to re-elect President Barack Obama at the campaign's Field Office in Chicago.

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A collage of campaign buttons hangs on the wall while volunteers call potential voters to re-elect President Barack Obama at the campaign's Field Office in Chicago.

Obama’s Favorite 389,821 Voters

When all the votes from the Nov. 6 presidential election are counted — they’re still tallying ballots in California and New York — President Barack Obama will have beaten Republican challenger Mitt Romney by close to 5 million votes. Yet...

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Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, gestures after speaking at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

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Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, gestures after speaking at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Rahm Emanuel’s Ohio Problem

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel  may have a problem with Ohio. While President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff says he’s not formally floating the idea of overhauling presidential elections, he notes that the only way to break free of swing-state...

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