GOP state lawmakers move to abandon winner-take-all Electoral College vote

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Republican lawmakers in Virginia, New Hampshire and Minnesota are proposing to change the way their states allocate Electoral College votes.

In Virginia, the proposal would divide electoral votes based on how many of the state’s 11 congressional districts they win. Under the system, Donald Trump would have received six of Virginia’s 13 electoral votes, even though Hillary Clinton carried the state last fall.

In New Hampshire, a similar proposal would give two votes to the statewide winner and one vote to the winner of each congressional district. That would allow for a split vote if different candidates carry each of the two districts. The state’s first congressional district is a swing district and could be won someone other than the statewide winner. Last fall, Trump won the district even though Clinton carried the state.




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