Trump Gets HUGE News After Key Dem Just Switched to GOP

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This year, Republicans are pushing hard for election season. In a major boost to the Republican Party’s standing before the 2024 presidential race, Nebraska State Senator Mike McDonnell revealed on Wednesday that he was joining the Republican Party after formerly belonging to the Democratic Party.

Speaking to NCN, McDonnell explained the shift by pointing to his pro-life position and accusing the Democratic Party of taking punitive measures.

“When I ran for reelection in 2020 I was Pro-Life, said McDonnell. “I have asked the Democratic Party to respect my religious based Pro-Life position. Instead over the last year they have decided to punish me for being Pro-Life.”

“The Douglas County Democrats voted not to seat me as a delegate and not to share party resources with me because I am Pro-Life. The state Democratic Party voted to censure me because I am Pro-Life. Being a Christian a member of the Roman Catholic Church and Pro-Life is more important to me than being a registered Democrat.”

“Today I am changing my party affiliation to Republican,” he stated, pointing to a rift with his former party over abortion issues.

The Republicans now have a strong 33-seat majority in the Nebraska Legislature thanks to McDonnell’s move, giving them a majority that can withstand a filibuster and be crucial in future legislative disputes, especially ones involving the state’s unusual electoral college system.

This has been a source of disagreement and is thought to be a crucial factor that could sway the results of the 2024 presidential election in favor of the GOP and its front-runner, former President Donald Trump. This differs from the winner-take-all method employed by most states.

It is impossible to overstate the importance of the political realignment since it gives the Republican Party more legislative power in Nebraska. As demonstrated by Barack Obama in 2008 and Joe Biden in 2020, Nebraska’s electoral system has allowed Democratic candidates to win an electoral vote from the Omaha district despite the state’s propensity for Republicanism.

This comes after Nebraska’s Republican governor, Jim Pillen, publicly backed a bill that, should it go to the wire, would change the outcome of the 2024 presidential election.

Republicans in the state have attempted to return Nebraska to the winner-take-all system of dividing electoral votes, as opposed to the present system that divides the state according to congressional districts.

In the Nebraska Legislature, McDonnell presently represents a section of midtown Omaha in District 5. Owing to term restrictions, he is presently serving his final term after being first elected in 2016 and then again in 2020.

Following McDonnell’s party switch, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb released the following statement:

“The Nebraska Democratic Party will continue to stand up for reproductive freedom and the human rights of the LGBTQ community. Our decision to censure Sen. McDonnell was never about him being a pro-life Catholic,” said Kleeb.

“Our decision was based on our party reaffirming our core values to protect women’s ability to make health decisions and to keep politicians out of our personal health decisions. We respect the ongoing work of Senator McDonnell on behalf of unions and his commitment to protect a fair electoral vote system we have in our state,” she finished.

 

 

 

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