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  •  It is worse than that... (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Magruder
    But, the deep red states have right wing media monopolies! They never hear any competing views! It's easy to propagandize them and stir the useful idiot rednecks into a real state of fear and drive them to the polls.
    It is worse that that. Remember, that deep red states have election systems run by republican super-majorities. It isn't a problem at this point as we tend not to care about the results in deep red states.
    •  Wrong: more red states have extra electoral votes (4+ / 0-)
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      AoT, Denver11, acnetj, Theodore J Pickle

      Under the current system, voters in mostly red low pop rural states like Wyoming & ND, which still have 2 Senators,  count 2 to 3x as much in the electoral college as voters in bluer big urbanized states with 2 Senators but 10-50x the population.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:26:47 AM PST

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      •  Small State Realities (0+ / 0-)

        In 2008, of the 25 smallest states (with a total of 155 electoral votes), 18 received no attention at all from presidential campaigns after the conventions.  Of the seven smallest states with any post-convention visits, Only 4 of the smallest states - NH (12 events), NM (8), NV (12), and IA (7) -   got the outsized attention of 39 of the 43 total events in the 25 smallest states.  In contrast, Ohio (with only 20 electoral votes) was lavishly wooed with 62 of the total 300 post-convention campaign events in the whole country.

        In the 25 smallest states in 2008, the Democratic and Republican popular vote was almost tied (9.9 million versus 9.8 million), as was the electoral vote (57 versus 58).

        Now with state-by-state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but since enacted by 48 states), presidential elections ignore 12 of the 13 lowest population states (3-4 electoral votes), that are non-competitive in presidential elections. 6 regularly vote Republican (AK, ID, MT, WY, ND, and SD), and 6 regularly vote Democratic (RI, DE, HI, VT, ME, and DC) in presidential elections. Voters in states that are reliably red or blue don't matter. Candidates ignore those states and the issues they care about most.

        Kerry won more electoral votes than Bush (21 versus 19) in the 12 least-populous non-battleground states, despite the fact that Bush won 650,421 popular votes compared to Kerry’s 444,115 votes. The reason is that the red states are redder than the blue states are blue.  If the boundaries of the 13 least-populous states had been drawn recently, there would be accusations that they were a Democratic gerrymander.

        Support for a national popular vote is strong in every smallest state surveyed in recent polls among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group.  Support in smaller states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK -70%, DC -76%, DE --75%, ID -77%, ME - 77%, MT- 72%,  NE - 74%, NH--69%, NE - 72%, NM - 76%, RI - 74%,  SD- 71%, UT- 70%, VT - 75%, WV- 81%,  and WY- 69%.

        Among the 13 lowest population states, the National Popular Vote bill has passed in nine state legislative chambers, and been enacted by 3 jurisdictions.

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