Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:01 AM
swag (24,650 posts)
The GOP's Electoral College Scheme
By Reid Wilson
Republicans alarmed at the apparent challenges they face in winning the White House are preparing an all-out assault on the Electoral College system in critical states, an initiative that would significantly ease the party's path to the Oval Office.
Senior Republicans say they will try to leverage their party's majorities in Democratic-leaning states in an effort to end the winner-take-all system of awarding electoral votes. Instead, bills that will be introduced in several Democratic states would award electoral votes on a proportional basis.
Already, two states -- Maine and Nebraska -- award an electoral vote to the winner of each congressional district. The candidate who wins the most votes statewide takes the final two at-large electoral votes. Only once, when President Obama won a congressional district based in Omaha in 2008, has either of those states actually split their vote.
But if more reliably blue states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin were to award their electoral votes proportionally, Republicans would be able to eat into what has become a deep Democratic advantage.
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The GOP's Electoral College Scheme (Original post)
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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:47 PM
freshwest (53,602 posts)
2. Fixing guns would prevent replacing the Constitution with the Articles of Confederacy.
No one should kid themselves about the goals of the GOP. They want this country divided up into fiefdoms where they can control everything.
Response to Bill USA (Reply #3)
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:30 PM
Hawaii Hiker (2,671 posts)
5. Not just important, critical
If electoral votes are split in blue states only and no red ones, the 2016 election could be decided even before we know who the candiates are..
Response to swag (Original post)
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 06:24 PM
dhpgetsit (1,917 posts)
6. It seems to me this could backfire.
If they had allowed the electoral votes in states like Arizona or even Texas, I think Obama could have picked up votes from those reliably red states.