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10 Republicans Opposed To The GOP’s Election-Rigging Scheme

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Republicans in as many as half-a-dozen blue states are considering a plan to rig the next presidential election by changing the way electoral votes are counted. Under this plan, blue states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will no longer award all of their electoral votes to the winner of the state as a whole, but instead will award them one-by-one to the winner of each congressional district. Because the current district maps are gerrymandered to massively benefit Republicans, states such as Ohio or Virginia that backed Obama in 2012 would have awarded the overwhelming majority of their electoral votes to Mitt Romney under the GOP election-rigging plan.

To their credit, several Republicans oppose this plan to rig the Electoral College — here are ten examples:

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell


Republican lawmakers in Virginia tried to make the Old Dominion the first state to approve the GOP election-rigging plan. Gov. McDonnell’s spokesperson, however, said the governor “believes Virginia’s existing system works just fine as it is.”

Former RNC Chair Mike Duncan


Duncan attacked the election-rigging plan as an admission that the GOP is no longer a national party: “This is not a viable pathway for the party to win nationally. We have to learn to win with statewide coalitions, not just to win congressional districts.”

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford


According to Weatherford, the Republican election-rigging scheme is “like saying in a football game, ‘We should have only three quarters, because we were winning after three quarters and they beat us in the fourth.” He added “I don’t think we need to change the rules of the game, I think we need to get better.”

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour


Barbour not only opposed the plan, he tried to downplay its popularity within the GOP: “I would not be for it. I don’t think there’s any sort of national movement, and you have sort of convinced me that in Virginia there may not be even state movement. It may be an isolated legislator.”

Tea Party Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli


Virginia’s tea-partying top lawyer offered a somewhat surreal explanation for why he opposes the plan: “I think winner-take-all is part of how a state matters as a sovereign entity. You know, our side would have gotten more votes this go-round, but I want people to have to fight to win the whole state. It makes the state, as a state, matter more. If it’s one more thing that whittles down the role of states independently of the people who live in them, and we need to build them up, not to Balkanize America, but because it’s the states that created the federal government. Not the other way around.”

Virginia state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel


Sen. Vogel was the first elected Virginia Republican to oppose the plan, telling ThinkProgress “I am generally not in favor right now of the bill and it’s very unlikely that I will vote for it in full committee or the Senate floor.”

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz


Gaetz is not only unenthusiastic about the election-rigging scheme, he proposed scrapping the entire system that allows such a rig to occur: “I think we should abolish the Electoral College . . . If James Madison had asked me, and I had been there, I would have said a popular vote is a better way to do it.”

Former RNC Chair Michael Steele


Steele warned his fellow Republicans that “you’ve got to figure out other ways to balance the system out. You just can’t gerrymander it.”

Virginia state Sen. Ralph Smith


Smith called the election-rigging plan a “bad idea” and warned that if Virginia embraces election-rigging, other states might follow.

Conservative columnist George Will


Will slammed the GOP plan as “partisanship masquerading as altruism about making presidential elections more ‘democratic’”

Bonus: Former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens

In 2004, when Democrats proposed a similar election-rigging scheme in Colorado, Owens led the charge against this “transparently partisan movement.” His fellow Republicans rallied behind him under the banner of an aptly named organization — “Coloradans Against a Really Stupid Idea.”

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