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Published: Sat, December 24, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Electoral College: Popular vote should win the day

Electoral College: Popular vote should win the day

As the Electoral College gathered Monday to cast their votes for president, a Morning Consult/Politico survey found that Republicans and Democrats are sharply divided on the issue of the Electoral College.

Clinton is the fifth presidential candidate in American history to win the popular vote and lose the Electoral College. New York State, with its robust 19.75 million residents, receives only 29 electoral votes.

If constantly repeating the popular vote results is meant to eliminate the current process of states deciding the vote through the Electoral College, good luck with that. Under such a scenario, a constitutional amendment would not be needed to make the change, as the Electoral College would not technically be abolished.

Trump's encouraging the email hacking and other things he's said and done that are too numerous to list, and most importantly, the media calling the election in his favor before polls closed in many western states cast more than a shadow over Trump before he is sworn in January 20. But since each senator belongs to a state party of only two, and their reelection plans depend upon winning favor with a diverse state-wide electorate, raising challenges becomes much more dicey.

It's how we in the media spectacularly blew the call on the biggest political story of the year - the USA presidential election race, where, to the shock of nearly our entire industry, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

Advocates note the measures have cleared several Republican-controlled legislative chambers, including the Arizona House this year. That bill passed the House, but died in the Senate. "That's why the election took place in 12 states", he said.

The desperate search for a successful Hail Mary to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president is down to the wire.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 votes, but this is completely attributable to her huge plurality in only one state: California. She benefited from solid wins in populous California and NY, while Trump narrowly won some battleground states. An amendment would have to pass Congress and then be ratified by three-fourths of the states within seven years. Every vote should indeed count. The GOP now holds numerical majorities in 33 legislatures.

What was interesting is that those hoping for some kind of last-minute Electoral College reprieve from a Trump presidency might have been surprised.

"Certainly among Democrats, yes", Alexander said of the will to join the compact. Clinton also said he had received a telephone call from Trump the day after the November election, the newspaper said. It failed to note an exception: in 2000, the board defended the college after the election of George W. Bush.

On this we can all agree: We may be a republic, but we are not a democracy.

Jerman said the candidates ignore small states if they are not swing states. Except for ME and Nebraska, a winner-takes-all system is in place in all other states. "The state's binding law or the interstate compact?"

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