Pa., Neb. Republicans want electoral vote changes

By MARC LEVY and MARGERY A. BECK | October 5, 2011 | 1:00 PM EDT

President Barack Obama walks down the stairs of Air Force One, upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Oct, 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in Pennsylvania and Nebraska are pushing to change the way their states award Electoral College votes, moves that could hinder President Barack Obama's re-election chances.

Lawmakers in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania are weighing whether to give the presidential nominees one electoral vote for each congressional district they win. That's instead of giving them all to the candidate who wins the state's popular vote, like Obama did in 2008.

In GOP-tilting Nebraska, lawmakers want to take the opposite step, four years after Obama won the 2nd Congressional District and a single electoral college vote.

For their part, GOP officials say the steps would make the electoral vote process fairer.

But with signs pointing to a close election next year, the result would likely give the eventual GOP nominee an advantage.