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GOP's Electoral Vote Scheme Already On Life Support


In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) came out decisively against the idea on Tuesday, a shift from previous statements suggesting he "could go either way" on the issue.

"You don't want to change the playing field so it's an unfair advantage to someone, and in a lot of ways we want to make sure we're reflecting the vote of the people, and this could challenge that," Snyder told Bloomberg TV. "I don't think this is the appropriate time to really look at it."

The very same day in Ohio, spokesmen for Gov. John Kasich, state Senate president Keith Faber, and state House Speaker William Batchelder, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer they had no plans to pursue an electoral vote bill, with Batchelder actively opposing it. "Nobody in Ohio is advocating this," Secretary of State John Husted added.

Florida doesn't appear likely to pass a bill either, given that Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford is opposed to the plan as a panacea for GOP electoral prospects. "I don't think we need to change the rules of the game, I think we need to get better," he told the Miami Herald last week.

That leaves Pennsylvania, where Gov. Tom Corbett (R) unsuccessfully backed an electoral vote split in 2011, and Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker (R) has expressed interest in tinkering with the electoral vote, as the remaining states whose top Republicans have yet to rule out a bill. But Walker may not be far off from caving.

If those two states come off the table, the Great Electoral College Scheme of 2013 may be a decisive failure.