Splitting Maine And Nebraska's Electoral Votes Candidates can win a portion of Maine or Nebraska's electoral votes without winning the state's popular vote.
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Splitting Maine And Nebraska's Electoral Votes

Forty-eight states use a winner-take-all system to distribute their electoral votes: The winner of the state's popular vote is awarded all of that state's electoral votes. Maine and Nebraska are the only two states that split their electoral votes.

Both Maine and Nebraska use a district-based system to distribute their electoral votes. Under this system, two electoral votes go to the winner of the state's popular vote, while one electoral vote goes to the winner of each congressional district. Maine has two congressional districts, for a total of four electoral votes; Nebraska has three congressional districts, for a total of five electoral votes.