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Gov. Walker intrigued by plan to change Wisconsin's presidential electoral system


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The head of the Republican National Committee says his group will not try to make Wisconsin and other battleground states change their electoral systems for choosing the president.

But Reince Priebus says he personally would like to see Wisconsin do it – as well as other states whose legislatures are run by Republicans but whose presidential votes to go Democrats.

Last month, the National Journal said senior Republicans in Washington were pressing to get Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan to drop their winner-take-all systems, and approve something which would give the GOP more electoral votes and a better chance to win the presidency.

No Wisconsin lawmaker has proposed this in the new session, but GOP Governor Scott Walker says he’s intrigued by the idea.

All states but Nebraska and Maine currently give all their electoral votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote. Instead, Republicans are pushing to have the winner in each congressional district would get an electoral vote, and the statewide winner to get two.

Had it been in effect last year, both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each would have gotten 5 electoral votes in Wisconsin – even though the Democrat Obama won the statewide popular vote by 7 percent.

Assembly Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee says Republicans are only trying to change the rules because they lost. Assembly Democrat Fred Kessler of Milwaukee says Wisconsin would no longer be a competitive state, except in a couple of House districts. Kessler adds White House candidates would make fewer appearances here and run fewer ads.