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  •  Does this mean that the PA GOP has determined.... (14+ / 0-)

    that their state will forever more have a majority of voters vote democratic and the republican candidate has no chance to win the state and get ALL of the EVs?

     I've read enough Nate Silver to know it's unlikely PA will ever be a turning point state but, if this atrocity goes through, it would be the best karma ever for a GOP candidate to win PA but the 9 EVs going to the Dem be enough to put the Dem over 270.

     I'd pay money to see that, actually.

    •  Pretty much the case in Pa (6+ / 0-)

      As  long as AA vote democratic the republicans have no chance of carrying the state even though the republicans carry 80% of the counties.
      Pa also has an older than average age so the state over time will probably get more democratic. Still cheating isn't the way to go. We need a uniform system nationwide and not cherry pick states that help one party.
      I have no problem with proportional awarding of electoral college because it seems fair, Better yet just change the constitution to the winner of the election is the one with the most votes.

      •  Only fair if (3+ / 0-)
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        all States follow that path.  If all States did so then it would greatly reduce the chances of a person winning the popular vote and losing the electoral.  But if only "chosen States" do so then all it serves is to take that State out of contention for any influence - a very unwise move I think for a State to pursue.  But no one ever said the GOP was wise so there's that.

        "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

        by newfie on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:30:43 AM PST

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        •  Except, of course that it would have happened (1+ / 0-)
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          last year, with Obama winning the popular vote but losing the electoral vote.

          The only way it would be fair is if you had every district designed to minimize both compactness and partisan variability (i.e., make every district as "swingy" as possible).

          We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

          by Samer on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 12:13:57 PM PST

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          •  No that is based (0+ / 0-)

            on assigning electoral votes by Congressional District win  and only in the 7 GOP controlled "swing" States and not all States but if each State apportioned by percentage of State winner.  I do not believe that has been reviewed but I think it would be closer to popular vote than going by District.  

            Actually ditching the Electoral Vote (that was established to a great deal to appease slave owning States) would be fairest.

            "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

            by newfie on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 12:35:38 PM PST

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      •  They are working on that without a change to (1+ / 0-)
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        the constitution.  It is called the national popular vote compact and once it is passed in enough states then the winner of the national popular vote will get at least 270 electoral votes thus making every single vote count.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:11:56 PM PST

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    •  PA has not been a red state for President since 88 (2+ / 0-)
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      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:26:22 AM PST

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