Presidential races

RNC chairman backs changes to electoral vote apportionment

{mosads}Republicans have total statehouse control in a number of states President Obama won in 2012, and got to draw the redistricting lines in those states, giving them the big edge in winning their House seats. If the rules were changed in states like Priebus’s home of Wisconsin, Mitt Romney would have won half of the state’s electoral votes in the presidential election. In Pennsylvania, where the proposal has also been discussed, Romney would have won nearly two-thirds of the electoral votes rather than none of them.

Other states where Republicans could implement the plan and give themselves a huge boost include Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Virginia. But it’s unclear if any will pass such a plan: when Republicans made some initial attempts to do so in Pennsylvania before the last election, popular sentiment was strongly against it and they eventually gave up.


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