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  1. 1. In 2008, one lucky state—Ohio—received more attention than the 25 smallest states* combined. Share of Population, Share of Post-Convention Share of Post-Convention 2008 Estimates Campaign Visits, 2008 Campaign Money, 2008 25 25 25 25 Smallest States Ohio 1 Smallest States Ohio Smallest States Ohio Rather than boost small states, current Electoral College rules marginalize nearly all of them. * The 25 smallest states are: Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Montana, Vermont, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Idaho, Nebraska, West Virginia, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Iowa, Connecticut, Oregon.
  2. 2. Defenders of the Electoral College’s rules claim battleground states* change, eventually giving each state its moment in the political spotlight. 99 consecutive UT years of irrelevancy But the people of Utah know better. Their state hasn’t been a battleground since 1912. * A "battleground state " is defined as a state that was won by less than six percentage points.
  3. 3. Defenders of the Electoral College’s rules claim swing states* change, eventually giving each state its moment in the political spotlight. 55 consecutive RI years of irrelevancy But the people of Rhode Island know better. Their state hasn’t been a swing state since 1956. * A "swing state " is defined as a state with a partisanship rating between 47% and 53%, meaning that if a presidential election were highly competitive nationally, the outcome in the state might determine who wins the White House.
  4. 4. With National Popular Vote, candidates will not ignore small states. In 2004, seven rural Western states* yielded a bigger margin for George Bush than California did for John Kerry—despite California's population being three times larger. WY, UT, MT, NE, ID, ND, SD CA 1.27 million 1.24 million Bush margin Kerry margin You needn't be big in order to generate attractive vote margins. NPV would place this unexplored electoral frontier back on the map. •The seven states included are: Idaho (228,137 margin for Bush in 2004), Montana (92,353), Nebraska (258,486), North Dakota (85,599), South Dakota (83,340), Utah (422,543), Wyoming (96,853).
  1. 1. In 2008, one lucky state—Ohio—received more attention than the 25 smallest states* combined. Share of Population, Share of Post-Convention Share of Post-Convention 2008 Estimates Campaign Visits, 2008 Campaign Money, 2008 25 25 25 25 Smallest States Ohio 1 Smallest States Ohio Smallest States Ohio Rather than boost small states, current Electoral College rules marginalize nearly all of them. * The 25 smallest states are: Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Montana, Vermont, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Idaho, Nebraska, West Virginia, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Iowa, Connecticut, Oregon.
  2. 2. Defenders of the Electoral College’s rules claim battleground states* change, eventually giving each state its moment in the political spotlight. 99 consecutive UT years of irrelevancy But the people of Utah know better. Their state hasn’t been a battleground since 1912. * A "battleground state " is defined as a state that was won by less than six percentage points.
  3. 3. Defenders of the Electoral College’s rules claim swing states* change, eventually giving each state its moment in the political spotlight. 55 consecutive RI years of irrelevancy But the people of Rhode Island know better. Their state hasn’t been a swing state since 1956. * A "swing state " is defined as a state with a partisanship rating between 47% and 53%, meaning that if a presidential election were highly competitive nationally, the outcome in the state might determine who wins the White House.
  4. 4. With National Popular Vote, candidates will not ignore small states. In 2004, seven rural Western states* yielded a bigger margin for George Bush than California did for John Kerry—despite California's population being three times larger. WY, UT, MT, NE, ID, ND, SD CA 1.27 million 1.24 million Bush margin Kerry margin You needn't be big in order to generate attractive vote margins. NPV would place this unexplored electoral frontier back on the map. •The seven states included are: Idaho (228,137 margin for Bush in 2004), Montana (92,353), Nebraska (258,486), North Dakota (85,599), South Dakota (83,340), Utah (422,543), Wyoming (96,853).

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