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Gov. Walker express concerns about changing state's electoral vote process


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker is starting to express concerns about changing the way Wisconsin casts its electoral votes.

He now says it might make the Badger State irrelevant in future presidential campaigns.

Some Republicans want Wisconsin to stop giving all its electoral votes to the statewide winner of the popular vote. Instead, they want a vote to go to the winner in each congressional district, with the goal of having the GOP carry Wisconsin in the presidential race for the first time since 1984.

Walker initially said he found the idea intriguing – but he never took a stand either way, and he’s still neutral about the change. Walker said it could make Wisconsin irrelevant to the White House candidates, and they would stop making high-profile visits at election time.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus from Kenosha favors the change, saying it would force the candidates to focus on local issues in congressional districts. But Walker says most House districts are tilted to one party or the other – so the candidates wouldn’t find it worth their while to campaign there.

Last fall, President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney focused on just 9 swing states – including Wisconsin – and they conceded the others to one candidate or the other.