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Michigan Republicans: 'All or nothing' is wrong for electoral system

State Rep. Pete Lund chairs the House Redistricting and Elections Committee
State Rep. Pete Lund chairs the House Redistricting and Elections Committee

Michigan Republicans said this weekend they want to change the course of future presidential races by changing how the state allocates its electoral votes.

Delegates to the state Republican convention voted overwhelmingly to support the proposal.

Michigan Republicans want to join Nebraska and Maine to become the third state to portion out electoral votes by congressional district.

State Representative Pete Lund pushed the plan to Republican convention delegates over the weekend.

He told the convention Michigan’s winner-take-all system makes the state less attractive to presidential candidates.

"We don’t have attention of presidential candidates. And if we change to a system like those two, we’ll become more relevant in the system," said Lund.

"I keep telling everybody up here that it’s a good proposal," he said. "Don’t look at it as good for the Republican Party. Look at it as good for Michigan, as good for America. And they understand that and they embrace that."

However, Governor Rick Snyder says now is the wrong time to make the change.

Democrats say it’s an attempt to rig the system in favor of Republicans.

If the state used the model in 2012, Mitt Romney would have won a majority of Michigan’s electoral votes. That’s despite losing the popular vote in the state.

Lund introduced a bill to change the system last year. But it never won support from either party.

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