GOP chairwoman suggests RNC plans to get 'litigious' over push for national popular vote

GOP chairwoman suggests RNC plans to get 'litigious' over push for national popular vote
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRomney says it 'would be nuts' for the RNC to block candidates from commission debates Psaki: Why is GOP afraid of presidential debates? RNC moves to require presidential candidates to skip traditional commission debates MORE said Thursday that she plans on being "litigious" in response to the national popular vote movement.

"I think it is devastating to our country to get rid of the electoral vote. This is what the Founders intended, for every state to have representation," McDaniel told attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference during a panel with Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzAll hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks Equilibrium/Sustainability — Bald eagle comeback impacted by lead poison MORE (R-Texas). 

"Stay tuned because the RNC is not going to let this go, and there's something coming," she added.

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"Let me just say, I have an intention to be the most litigious chair in history," McDaniel said. "I think what Democrats have done systematically to take away our rights to rig the election system, and this, to take away our votes, our Electoral College votes, and have California and New York dictate who the next president of the United States is." 

Cruz said that the push would "probably" be unconstitutional. 

McDaniel's comments come as leaders of the group Conservatives for Yes on National Popular Vote look to inform other conservatives about the movement at the conference. 

Many conservatives are skeptical of the popular vote, given that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness Second gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House MORE won the popular vote in 2016, while President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE won the Electoral College. 

However, the movement's leaders say that this agreement would not abolish the Electoral College. The electoral system would still be used, but the electors would be distributed based on the national popular vote instead of the state’s popular vote in the winner-take-all method.