Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said on Saturday that he opposes an RNC-backed plan to reapportion electoral votes by congressional district, effectively tipping the scale against Democratic presidential nominees in the future.
“I don’t like breaking up states,” he told reporters at the National Review Institute summit in Washington. “I think winner-take-all is part of how a state matters. Our side would have gotten more votes this go-around but you know I want people to want to fight to win the whole state. It makes the state as a state matter more. It’s one more thing that whittles down the role of states independently of the people who live in them. We need to build them up and not to Balkanize America. It’s the states that created the federal government and not the other way around.”
While momentum for the idea waned on Friday after key Republicans signaled their disapproval, one conservative hero also in attendance at the summit appeared to be giving it some more thought.
“It’s an interesting idea,” said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a state that voted for President Obama in November. “I haven’t committed one way or another.”
“I think you have to be very careful with changes like that but I think it’s worth looking at,” he added.
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