Tag Archives: Electoral College

A Plausible Election Scenario

If Donald Trump loses Michigan, Pennsylvania and Maine’s second congressional district, but keeps all of the other states and electoral districts he won in 2016, the election will be a 269-269 tie. Then it goes to the House. One may … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering Terminology

I read a political column where someone blamed gerrymandering for the 2016 presidential election. Gerrymandering has a specific definition. It’s not supposed to refer to every policy in which one group has a disproportionate influence in elections (although this confusion … Continue reading

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California is Unusual

There is an underappreciated reason for the arguments about the electoral college: California is so unusual in how partisan it is. If California were not part of the United States, Trump would have won 58,501,018 votes, which is roughly 47.74% … Continue reading

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Thursday Throwback: Changing Election Laws

Several years ago, there was a brief discussion about whether Republicans might change the law, so that key swing states, the electoral votes would go to the winner of congressional districts. This is the current system for Maine and Nebraska. … Continue reading

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Will Republicans Try to Change the Electoral College?

Howard Dean was on Talk of the Nation recently, unhappy with the gap between the popular vote and the electoral vote. He continues to back the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which currently has the support of eight blue states … Continue reading

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