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  Pennsylvania Electoral College Plan Could Backfire on G.O.P.
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Last EditedTX DEM  Sep 16, 2011 08:29pm
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News DateSaturday, September 17, 2011 04:25:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRepublicans in Pennsylvania are considering a proposal that would award 18 of the state’s 20 electoral votes to the winner of each of its congressional districts, leaving the remaining 2 to the winner of the state at large.

Fortunately for Democrats, the proposal is already drawing objections from some Republicans. And it’s easy enough to see why: there are all sorts of downsides to this plan for Pennsylvania Republicans.

Problem #1. The Electoral College split could work against Republicans and cost their candidate the election.

Problem #2. The plan could undermine the integrity of the Electoral College, which is probably not in Republicans’ long-term best interest.

Problem #3. The plan could motivate Democrats and lead to higher Democratic turnout both in Pennsylvania and nationally.

Problem #4. The plan would significantly reduce Pennsylvania’s influence in the election campaign.

Problem #5. The plan would probably become unpopular in the state over time, potentially costing some Republican office-holders their jobs.
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