That didn’t take long.
Remember my prediction that GOP state lawmakers would introduce legislation in the 2013 General Assembly to try to rig Virginia back into the “red” column in the 2016 presidential election?
It’s happening already!
State Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson County, wants to apportion the commonwealth’s 13 electoral votes by the way congressional districts vote. If it had been that way in this past election, Mitt Romney would have taken 9 of the state’s electoral votes and President Obama (who won Virginia by 3 percentage points) would have won 4 electoral votes.
Here’s the bill he’s introduced, SB 723.
Right now all the electoral votes in Virginia and 47 other state are “winner take all” for whichever candidate wins the popular vote in the state. Only Main and Nebraska split their electoral votes.
Carrico’s bill would award 1 electoral vote for each of the congressional districts a presidential candidate wins. Whichever candidate won a majority of congressional districts would also get Virginia’s 2 at-large electoral votes.
Here’s the kicker, though: if this scheme had been the set-up in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin for the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney would have won a majority of electoral votes and the White House.
You can read his explanation for this legislation over at Blue Ridge Caucus.