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  •  States like being important. (0+ / 0-)

    If they did this, it would effectively put two electoral votes up per state, thus making them less important than Idaho in Presidential campaigning.  

    Florida moves up it's primary, taking whatever penalty there is, because they want to be one of the deciders - it gets candidates in Florida, talking about issues important to Florida, and gets millions in campaign money spent in it.  If they went with this stunt, all that would go away.  

    Also Rubio or Jeb Bush could run in 2016, and they'd take all the EV's if the status quo remains, but if they change to the proportional system, they'd get half the EV's plus a couple more.  Taking away a huge benefit to their candidacy.  On a similar vein, Christie will play well in the rust belt and if he is to win the Presidency, flipping Mi, OH and/or Pa will go a long way into seeing that happen.  If they went to the proportional EV system, there would be a net 6 EV's up for grabs total from these three states - they go from major presidential election deciders to non-players.  Not a dime would be spent in these states, Presidential candidates would only visit for expensive fundraising dinners.  

    Pa was desperate for attention the last election - they were overtly begging Romney to come and campaign there - they wanted that money, that attention because it would help down ticket races.  If they pulled this switch, Pa would be a total non-issue and no Presidential candidate would ever campaign there.  

    What might seem like a great RNC strategy on paper will not make much sense in practice and I can't see any states actually doing it.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:35:02 AM PST

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