Most states have winner-take-all laws, which award all their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes within the state.
Several Democratic-controlled states are pushing for a national popular vote.
In case you haven't heard us shouting this from the mountain tops on a regular basis, Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 2,864,974 votes.
"My view is that every vote matters", Warren told a townhall meeting in MS, arguing that the southern state along with several populous ones like California rarely receive presidential candidates because they aren't considered battlegrounds. A combined total of 181 Electoral Votes have committed to the pact with the addition of Colorado last week.
"The way to do it is through state action and we would welcome Sen". A handful of Democrat-leaning states including California, Illinois and NY have joined a compact aiming to elect presidents based on who wins the popular vote.
Though the Electoral College favored Trump in 2016, and some analysts predict it could give him an edge in 2020, it is not necessarily a pro-GOP institution.
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The Electoral College should be abolished and instead the president chosen by a national vote, Sen.
This isn't the first time Trump had a change of heart.
Critics say the Electoral College focuses attention on a handful of swing states at the expense of candidates campaigning throughout the country.
The president recently tweeted his opinion on the system, saying that it was necessary for smaller states to have a voice in elections. He's skeptical, he says, of a plan some candidates have suggested to expand the size of the Supreme Court, because he doesn't know where such a thing ends - what's to prevent the next president from expanding it again?
Only Maine and Nebraska allot electoral votes according to who wins the states' congressional districts.
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, another longshot Democratic candidate, dismissed the idea as a waste of time. "I'd much rather focus on things that can get done".