Michigan GOP eyes plan for cracking 'blue wall'

Dec 6, 2014

LANSING   (AP) - Michigan Republicans are exploring whether to change the rules so their presidential candidate can net electoral votes without having to win the state's popular vote.

Legislation before the GOP-led Legislature would make Michigan the third - and by far the largest - state to move away from a winner-take-all system to one that allocates electoral votes proportionally. 

George H.W. Bush was the last Republican to win the state, in 1988. While the bill is a long shot in this month's lame-duck session, Democrats are concerned that it could eventually pass if the GOP continues to maintain control of the Legislature.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Talk of changing the electoral system has been the subject of two recent contentious committee hearings.

  Democrats harshly criticize the proposal, and some Republicans are also unenthusiastic.