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Connecticut Wants to Change How Presidents Are Elected

The Nutmeg State has joined a multi-state pledge to award electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote

(Newser) - A newly passed Connecticut law places the Nutmeg State among a growing group of US states that aim to change the way America chooses its president. Per NPR , the state's legislature voted over the weekend to send a bill to Gov. Dannel Malloy that ensures Connecticut's seven electoral... More »

Trump: If Popular Vote Mattered, I Would've Won It

So he said on Twitter Wednesday morning

(Newser) - Donald Trump is known to occasionally think out loud on Twitter, and on Wednesday the president-elect processed his Electoral College victory, which he won by 304 votes to Hillary Clinton's 227 . Trump started off by tweeting at 8:15am EST: "Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much... More »

The Electoral College Has Spoken: It's Trump

He walks with 304 of the expected 306 electoral votes

(Newser) - The revolt was infinitesimal: Of the 306 electors pledged to vote for Donald Trump, 304 did, officially giving him more than the 270 electoral votes needed to become president. Politico reports the two who opted for someone other than Trump were both from Texas: One cast a ballot for John... More »

9/11 Firefighter: I Won't Cast Electoral Vote for Trump

'I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us': Texas GOPer Christopher Suprun

(Newser) - Consider him one of the faithless . Texas Republican Christopher Suprun, one of the 538 electors set to cast a ballot for the next president on Dec. 19, won't be voting for Donald Trump, and he explains his position in an opinion piece for the New York Times . He says... More »

GOP Elector Quits, Says Trump Not 'Biblically Qualified'

Art Sisneros of Texas says he felt he had no choice but to step down

(Newser) - There's been talk of "faithless electors" trying to overturn the Electoral College vote on Dec. 19 that presumably will fall in Donald Trump's favor, but one Texas elector has so much faith that he's taking a different route, per the Houston Chronicle : He's resigning his... More »

Trump's Chance of Getting to 270 Is Shrinking

Polls suggest he's in trouble in crucial states

(Newser) - Friday morning brings another spate of Donald Trump stories. Some of the big ones generating headlines:
  • Trump's path to victory is in trouble based on the latest polls in North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, while the campaign seems to have given up entirely on Virginia. "It's hard
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GOP Moves to Scrap Winner-Take-All Voting

Virginia poised to vote on changes next week; other states considering

(Newser) - Republicans in swing states that went for President Obama are pushing for a big change in how the Electoral College works, reports the Washington Post . The idea is to apportion electoral votes according to congressional district, instead of the winner-take-all system that most states employ. In Virginia, for example, the... More »

How Pundits' Predictions Stacked Up

Nate Silver nailed it, while Rush, Noonan were way off

(Newser) - The official results from Florida aren't in yet but it looks like Nate Silver—whose blog accounted for a fifth of the New York Times' web traffic Monday—correctly called 50 out of 50 states after getting 49 right in 2008. "You know who won the election tonight?... More »

Charles Rangel Race Still Up in the Air

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat has a shot to upend congressman

(Newser) - Charles Rangel's primary re-election isn't quite so decided after all. In a weird twist, the longtime Democratic congressman is facing days or even weeks of uncertainty after officials said 32 precincts had not counted their votes and more than 3,000 affidavit and absentee ballots hadn't been... More »

Team Romney's Game Plan: Win These 6 States

On the to-do list: Winning back Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia

(Newser) - While Team Romney certainly isn't expecting a landslide win for its man this November, the Republican's campaign staffers see a clear—but narrow—path to 270 electoral votes and victory, the Washington Post finds. The campaign plans to focus on winning back three GOP-leaning states Obama took in... More »

Who's Winning, State by State

Obama's 2008 wins could bring success in 2012

(Newser) - If President Obama can retain most of the states he won in 2008, his general election prospects look good. But it's by no means a done deal, an AP analysis shows. As it stands, the Democrats appear to have 186 electoral votes in the bag; Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and... More »

2012 Election Hinges on 4 States

Maybe five if Florida stays in play

(Newser) - Odds are, the state you live in doesn't matter in the 2012 election, strategically speaking. Democratic and Republican strategists tend to agree that the entire race will come down to just four or five swing states, the LA Times reports: Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia, and maybe Florida. Polls show... More »

Texas Wants to Secede? That Sounds Great!

Democrats would love to have state's 34 electoral votes back

(Newser) - Rick Perry’s talk of seceding from the union might seem crazy, but calling the Texas governor's bluff would be a great deal for Democrats, writes Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com. Consider:
  • Democrats would suddenly have a filibuster-proof majority in the 98-seat Senate.
  • Republicans would lose eight more House members
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Electoral College Needs Rehab

State-level apportioning is the only viable way towards electing the president by popular vote

(Newser) - The 538 electors chosen to represent the will of the people cast their ballots for president today, officially ending the contest between Barack Obama and John McCain, writes Randall Lane for the New York Times. The otherwise-predictable ritual included a twist: a Nebraska elector voting for the candidate who won... More »

Nebraska Splits Electoral Votes, in First; Obama Gets 1

Dem will get slice of state's 5

(Newser) - Barack Obama has won a single Nebraska electoral vote in post-election counting, the first time the state has split the vote since a 1991 law allowed the practice, the AP reports. No Democrat has gotten a vote in the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. More »

Electoral Vote in Nebraska's 2nd District Still Up for Grabs

Omaha may have to wait a week for results

(Newser) - Nebraska was never a swing state, but its unique system of assigning electoral votes has left it with a surprising question mark after election night. The 2nd Congressional District, which includes Omaha, remains too close to call, with John McCain leading President-elect Barack Obama by 569 votes. And 9,000... More »


(Newser) - In the race to 270, John McCain came up short, but turned a chunk of the map red, kicking things off by scoring 8 electoral votes in Kentucky and winning much on the South. Here's what the McCain/Palin ticket took:
  • Kentucky (8)
  • South Carolina (8)
  • Oklahoma (7)
  • Tennessee (11)
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Obama Eyes Omaha to Split Neb. Votes

Campaign wants to pick up just one of Nebraska's electoral votes

(Newser) - Forty-eight of 50 states award electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis, but Nebraska, divvies up electoral votes by congressional district—and the Obama campaign sees an opening, reports the Washington Post. By concentrating just on the Omaha area, the Democrats are trying to pick up a single electoral vote in... More »

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