Minnesota will stick to its method of awarding all 10 of its electoral votes to the presidential candidate favored by the state's voters after legislators snubbed a national push to band states together.

By an 8-8 vote Thursday, a Minnesota House elections committee defeated legislation embracing an interstate compact to award electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote -- even if Minnesotans backed someone else.

The compact has been ratified in four states. It wouldn't take effect until enough states sign on to account for 270 electoral votes -- the number it takes to win the White House.

Several Minnesota lawmakers were fearful the change would mean less courtship of their state's voters by presidential candidates. The measure is designed to prevent a repeat of the 2000 election, when Democrat Al Gore won the nationwide popular vote but Republican George W. Bush racked up more electoral votes en route to the presidency.

Minnesota and all but two states pledge their full slate of electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote in their state.

The bill is still alive in the Minnesota Senate, but would require uncommon procedural tactics to resuscitate it in the House this session.

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