Nebraska GOP chair says former RNC head Ronna McDaniel refused to help make state winner-take-all for electoral votes

"I was basically told that it wasn't much of an importance," Underwood said.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Wednesday, Nebraska GOP Chairman Eric Underwood claimed that when he went to Ronna McDaniel asking for help to change the state's laws to potentially help Donald Trump secure more electoral college votes, she essentially brushed him off.

In an interview with Charlie Kirk, Underwood said that the now-former Republican National Committee chairwoman told him the issue just wasn't that important. 

"I even went to the RNC last year, Charlie," Underwood explained. "I had a meeting with Ronna McDaniel and said 'I think this is something that is going to happen ... but I need outside help,' and I was basically told that it wasn't much of an importance."

"Under the prior RNC leadership," Kirk interjected, "they said that another electoral vote for Republicans wasn't a big deal?"

"It was indicated that they couldn't do much from their level and they really couldn't support me more than, just, she might talk with one or two elected officials here and see if there's any interest in it."

Under Nebraska's current laws, electoral college votes are divided up by Congressional district instead of the winner-take-all system used in most other states. This has, in the past, resulted in candidates who lose the state at large while still taking home electoral college votes.

Both Barack Obama and Joe Biden managed to get one electoral college vote out of Nebraska in 2008 and 2020, respectively.

In a post on X, Kirk laid out a hypothetical scenario in which Trump loses by exactly one vote, highlighting the fact that it would likely come from Nebraska. He then urged residents to call their legislators and "demand their state stop pointlessly giving strength to their political enemies."

On Tuesday, Gov. Jim Pillen announced that he would support a winner-take-all system, and urged his Republican colleagues in the Legislature to pass a bill introduced by state Sen. Loren Lippincott that would do just that.

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