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GOP vice chair warns about future should Wisconsin change electoral system


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A national Republican official says states like Wisconsin should be very careful about changing its electoral system for choosing the president.

National vice chair Roger Villere of Louisiana is concerned how it would tilt the national vote for years to come. He tells the AP the Electoral College has worked – and he’s worried about what could happen down the road.

Some Republicans in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have talked about scrapping the idea of giving all their state’s electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. Voters in all three states elected Democrats to the White House, and Republicans to run their state-houses.

Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus from Kenosha says he supports a change -- and so should all states with Wisconsin’s political makeup.

The idea in Wisconsin is to give an electoral vote to the winner in each U.S. House district, with two going to the statewide winner. Governor Scott Walker says it’s interesting, but he won’t push it.

President Obama took Wisconsin by 7 percent – but under the change, Obama and Republican Mitt Romney would have tied in the electoral vote with five each. 

Sheboygan County Assembly Republican Dan LaMahieu suggested the change in the last session. He made it clear that he’s tired of seeing Democrats carry Wisconsin like they’ve done since Ronald Reagan left office in 1988.

Current GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he’s open to a change, but no lawmaker has proposed it.

Michigan’s in a similar boat, but a proposal has been made in Pennsylvania. Michigan’s governor says he wants at least a discussion about it.

Michigan Democratic chair Mark Brewer calls it “election-rigging.”

The AP says Democrats are warning of political consequences for the Republicans who support a change – especially Walker and the governors of Michigan and Pennsylvania, all of whom are up for re-election in just over 21 months.