Pennsylvania Rule Change by GOP May Doom Obama
State may switch from winner-take-all in Electoral College
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 14, 2011 1:27 PM CDT
Updated Sep 17, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania delivers an address in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – Pennsylvania Republicans are proposing a radical change in how the state divvies up its electoral votes that could have a huge impact on the 2012 election. The plan, which is being championed by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and already has the governor’s support, would switch Pennsylvania from a winner-take-all system to one that divvied the state’s electoral votes up by district, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. And those districts are set to be redrawn this year—by a Republican legislature and governor.

The likely result: Instead of taking all the state’s electoral votes, Obama would take eight to the GOP’s 12. Maine and Nebraska already have this system, but each is too small for the popular and electoral votes to split like that. “It's something that no previous legislature in America since the Civil War has ever had the audacity to impose,” one constitutional law professor tells Mother Jones. And it might not stop there—the GOP could try the same thing in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, all traditional Democratic states currently in its sway.

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Sep 18, 2011 9:58 PM CDT
So much for one man and one vote. Lincoln believed in government by the people. What would he say about this? Clifford Spencer
Sep 18, 2011 9:32 AM CDT
If Tepublicans are so great why do they always want to try to stack the deck and then try deal off of the bottom of it.
Sep 18, 2011 8:35 AM CDT
Attention liberal morons: The damn quasi socialist/fascist/communist imbecile you elected is what is causing all this. The voters of not only Pa.,but all over the country hate what this SOB has done....just look at the results of the election in Weiner's district in NYC......And remember where you were when you read this: This damn idiot was elected BECAUSE and ONLY BECAUSE he is black,no other reason.He and those that support him will be defeated because they tried to destroy our country.November 2012...Change you can count on!