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  •  It will shift battle ground states, not end them. (3+ / 0-)
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    Iberian, erush1345, Nisi Prius

    All of your points are valid and good on their own merits, but it will turn the Presidential race fight into one for California, Texas, New York, and the next couple of most populous states....of course NY supports it!

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    by GoGoGoEverton on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 01:21:00 PM PST

    •  But it won't (10+ / 0-)

      it's not winner take all.

      What makes you think a vote in Texas is worth more than a vote in Kansas?

      •  The candidate's efforts are worth more in Texas. (4+ / 0-)

        They can reach more voters in the popular areas with the same expenditures.

        I don't think 1 vote is worth more than the other, but I do think being in Texas will be more valuable, and therefore their concerns more paid attention to, than those voters in Vermont.

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        by GoGoGoEverton on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 01:43:03 PM PST

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      •  There are more votes to be had in Texas (0+ / 0-)

        Each vote is, of course, worth the same - that's a sine qua non of this proposed system.

        But campaigning in Texas grants me access to 25.6 million votes, while campaigning in Kansas only gives me access to 2.8 million.

        As a Presidential candidate whose time is extremely precious (moreso if you're a sitting elected offical with a job to do, as has been the case on both sides of the political divide in every election since 1984), where will you campaign?

        •  No longer campaigning by state (0+ / 0-)

          Sure, Texas would be a juicier target than Kansas for Republicans. Since the objective is conservative votes, I suspect that the campaign would not focus on TX vs KS, but Wichita and Amarillo vs Austin and Kansas City.

          Without needing to regard a state as a monolithic target (outside of media market purposes) NPV opens up some really interesting possibilities. Bakersfield CA might represent enough net conservative votes to warrant a candidate visit, and Athens, GA might see an active Dem presidential campaign presence for the first time since Clinton.

    •  It makes the whole country the battleground. (2+ / 0-)
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      Clem Yeobright, Matt Z

      Enough of a handful of low-information voters in Ohio getting to be the deciding vote in who becomes leader of the free world.  They helped enable 8 years of Cheney/Bush.

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      by Miggles on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 05:00:10 PM PST

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