Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is tempering his previous support for a proposed plan to rig the Electoral College in favor of Republicans, saying that he has “real concern” about the idea.
The proposal would entail shifting the state’s electoral votes from a winner-takes-all system, as 48 states use, to a per-congressional district apportionment. The result would be that a blue state like Wisconsin, which gave its 10 electoral votes to President Obama in 2012, would instead split its votes evenly between both candidates.
Though Walker had previously said the idea was “interesting” and “plausible”, Walker seemingly backed off those comments in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His major concern was that the shift would make Wisconsin far less relevant in future presidential campaigns.
“You concede it would have a dramatic impact on the targeting of the state?” Walker was asked.
“Right. Exactly right … That’s why I qualified (my earlier statements) … I just said I hadn’t ruled it out. I’m not embracing it,” said Walker.
“The most important thing to me long-term as governor on that is what makes your voters be in play,” said Walker, voicing the concern that ending “winner-take all” would make the state “irrelevant” in presidential campaigns.
“You would agree it would have that effect?” he was asked.
“Yeah. I think that’s a real concern,” he said.
Even if Walker ultimately backs off the electoral rigging plan, another prominent Wisconsin Republican, RNC Chair Reince Priebus, still supports it.