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Pa. Republicans Making Push To Overhaul State's Electoral College System

PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) -- Pennsylvania Republicans are making a push to overhaul the state's electoral college system, hoping to make Pennsylvania only the third state in the nation to adopt a model other than the "winner take all" approach favored by most of the country.

Under the new system, the state's 21 electoral votes would be split between candidates, awarding them based on the number of congressional districts each candidate takes.  By that formula, it would be possible for a presidential candidate to win the Pennsylvania popular vote and still garner less than half of those 21 electoral votes.

A new poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University found that Pennsylvania voters favor keeping the old system by a margin of 52 to 40 percent.

KDKA Radio's Mike Pintek talks with Terry Madonna, professor for public affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, about how such a system would change the state, and how it would affect Pennsylvania's prominence on the national electoral scale.

Listen to Mike Pintek every weekday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA!


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