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GOP lawmaker wants to change state's winner takes all electoral college


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Republican state lawmaker wants to change the way Wisconsin hands out its Electoral College votes for president – and he admits that his party should have more of those votes. For years, Wisconsin has been a “winner-take-all” state – meaning that all 10 of its electoral votes go to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote. But now, state Assembly Republican Dan LeMahieu of Cascade is pushing a bill that would give one electoral vote to the winner of the popular vote in each of the state’s eight congressional districts. And the other two votes would go to the statewide winner. Wisconsin has not carried a Republican for president since 1984, when Ronald Reagan won his second term. And LeMahieu says people in heavily Republican districts – like his – are tired of not having their voices heard. He admits it would make Wisconsin less of a battleground state, where the White House candidates visit often and give the state a lot of national publicity. But he said it would be worth giving that up to give Republicans a few more electoral votes. Scot Ross of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now slammed the bill. He said quote, “The depths to which Republicans in Wisconsin will sink to rig elections appear to be bottomless.” Senate GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald has not taken a position on the measure. The State Republican Party is not commenting.