New litmus test for 2020 Democrat hopefuls: Abolish Electoral College

Avlon on the history of the Electoral College debate

White House hopefuls Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris and Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) have either called for the abolition of the Electoral College or said it's an idea they're open to.

President Trump tweeted his response to the Democratic plans overnight, saying, "The Democrats are getting very 'strange.' They now want to change the voting age to 16, abolish the Electoral College, and Increase significantly the number of Supreme Court Justices". O'Rourke suggested a constitutional amendment to award the presidency to the victor of the popular vote.

At a CNN town hall Monday night Sen.

One of the major talking points of these detractors is the so-called "wisdom of our forefathers" who bravely took a stand against the "vulgar popular vote" (never mind that the "vulgar electoral vote" gave us our current president). "And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College".

With the Popular Vote, you go to.

Though the Electoral College favored Trump in 2016, and some analysts predict it could give him an edge in 2020, it is not necessarily a pro-GOP institution.

The former Texas congressman told reporters in New Hampshire on Wednesday that the total came from 128,000 separate donors.

The first-day totals from O'Rourke and Sanders have far exceeded all other Democratic candidates who shared their totals. As they roll out their president campaigns, the two senators are field-testing dramatically different theories about how to connect to with electorate.

In case you haven't heard us shouting this from the mountain tops on a regular basis, Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 2,864,974 votes. Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly called for eliminating the system, which would require a constitutional amendment.

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