Haley Barbour: ‘Republican Conspiracy’ On Electoral College Overblown

January 25, 2013 8:28 a.m.
EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is to become a member.

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.”

Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: