They don’t care how they do it. After their stinging defeat … despite the best efforts of Karl Rove, et al to steal the election via fraud in voting machines and voter suppression … they look for new ways to cheat. They are unapologetically corrupt, bankrupt and desperate. We have dodged a bullet… but they are already re-loading.
On Wednesday, Virginia’s Republican-controlled legislature became one of the first to advance a bill that would allocate electoral votes by congressional district. Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed pushing through similar proposals in other states with Republican legislative majorities.
The strategy would have states alter the way they translate individual votes into electors — thereby giving Republican candidates an advantage. Had the 2012 election been apportioned in every state according to these new Republicans plans, Romney would have led Obama by at least 11 electoral votes. Here’s how:
Within the 26 states that Obama took, Romney won a plurality of votes in 130 congressional districts.
Obama, on the other hand, won only 33 congressional districts in red states.
Each state has two more electoral votes than congressional districts. The most common Republican proposal — under consideration inPennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — follows the same rules already in effect in Maine and Nebraska, which allocate the two additional votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote.
This is what the 2012 electoral map would have looked liked had each state apportioned its electors using these rules.
We have to do a better job here in NH to recruit wining candidates for our Legislature …for every level of our government. We must be active, smart and vigilant!