The Taking of Pennsylvania 1-2-3

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Sept. 15 2011 9:57 AM

The Taking of Pennsylvania 1-2-3

My new piece from last night is all about the much-feared Republican proposal that would divide Pennsylvania's electoral votes by congressional district. One quote to highlight: Beau McCoy, the splendidly-named Republican who is leading this year's effort to end Nebraska's vote-by-CD scheme.

The argument for keeping the vote-split is that there wouldn't be any reason for candidates to campaign in Nebraska without it. McCoy is unconvinced by this.
"They may come to campaign to Nebraska's 2nd district," he says, "but that comes at the detriment of the rest of our state. We've got a population of 1.7 million, with 700,000 in Omaha, and then there's the vast majority of state that neither party campaigns in."
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So there you go.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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