Haley Barbour: ‘Republican Conspiracy’ On Electoral College Overblown

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January 25, 2013 8:28 a.m.
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Current RNC chair Reince Priebus may be talking up a plan to rig the electoral college in blue states to favor the GOP, but former RNC chair Haley Barbour says he does not agree with the idea and is skeptical of how much support it has within the party. 

“I don’t think there’s any sort of national movement,” Barbour told MSNBC on Friday, adding that “it’s wrong to say there’s a big Republican conspiracy to try to change this.”

Barbour said states have a right to change their electoral college apportionment, noting Maine and Nebraska already award their electoral by Congressional District. But he did not endorse similar proposals in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, saying he was a “traditionalist myself” and that he “would not be for it.”

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