Pennsylvania's Electoral Vote Scheme Stalls Out

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Nov. 22 2011 9:53 AM

Pennsylvania's Electoral Vote Scheme Stalls Out

I hadn't been hearing many groans from Pennsylvania Democrats about this, and now I see why.

Gov. [Tom] Corbett, a key supporter of the idea, suggested Monday that it was going nowhere for the time being.
"I see no movement on it. I'm not going to push for movement, but I still support it," Corbett, a Republican, told a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.
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After an October hearing, where this plan and the popular vote plan (to opt out of the electoral college if a majority of states did) got chewed over by political scientists, there's been no movement on the bill. A clone plan in Wisconsin hasn't gone anywhere, either. In two states where Democrats can't really lose without losing the entire general election, the electoral votes are staying en bloc.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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