With the Electoral College in focus, advocates for revamping the current system seized on the chance to argue for a change guaranteeing the national popular vote winner is elected president. The compact among states would award future electoral votes to the national vote leader regardless of how candidates perform in a particular state. The shift has been approved in nine places and is pending in many others, but it won't take effect unless states possessing a majority of electoral votes ratify it.
Minnesota Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Republican, said an increasingly shrinking electoral college map has lavished candidate attention on a select few states while most are mere spectators.
"The rest of the country gets hosed," he said, adding, "The most important principle here is the candidate who gets the most votes should win and every vote should be equal."
Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Jonathan Cooper in Salem, Ore.; Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock, Ark.; Ivan Moreno in Denver; Paul Davenport in Phoenix; Susan Haigh in Hartford, Conn.; Todd Richmond in Madison, Wis.; Holly Ramer in Concord, N.H.; Philip Rawls in Montgomery, Ala.; Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Miss.; Lisa Rathke in Montpelier, Vt.
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