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“It was probably well-intended, but this whole thing is just the goofiest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Charlie Kirk, of the Nebraska Republican Party, regarding the state’s current election system of splitting electoral votes by congressional district. There is a growing movement to implement a “winner take all” system for the state’s presidential vote. (Associated Press — April 10, 2024)

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