A Donald Trump-backed bid for Nebraska to adopt a winner-take-all system for the presidential elections in November stumbled on Wednesday as state lawmakers voted down a procedural motion that could have put the bill to a vote.

The Republican-controlled state legislature rejected the procedural motion by 36 votes to eight, blocking what one GOP state senator described as “the last chance to pass winner-take-all this session.”

If the bill had passed, it would have likely resulted in all of Nebraska’s electoral college votes going to Trump after the November election. In contrast, Trump only received four votes in 2020, with Biden picking up the fifth as he won in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

The procedural vote was put forward by GOP state Senator Julie Slama who suggested it could lead to a vote on shifting Nebraska to a winner-takes-all system for presidential elections, as currently exists in 48 states.

Speaking minutes before the vote, Slama said: “Make no mistake about it, that vote on the motion to overrule the chair is your vote on winner-take-all.

“We’re gonna find out where you stand. You cannot hide behind this being just a procedural vote. You will be called out for what it is. The state is watching. The country is watching.”

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Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, earlier this week. Trump has voiced support for a winner-take-all system in Nebraska for the presidential elections in November.

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