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Old 10th November 2017, 05:52 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Loss Leader View Post
That might have been a good reason for the EC in the past, but it isn't working that way anymore. There are few purely agrarian states. Many have large rural areas but are dominated by a few (or just one) single city.

Illinois was 54% urban in 1970 and 70% urban in 2010. By a somewhat different measure, the South was only 25.5% urban in 1910 but 75.8% a hundred years later.

The overall effect is that the Electoral College is no longer preserving rural voting strength because it only does so at the state level. You're going to have to break it down to regions or counties within each state to achieve that again.

And before you argue that the liberal east would have outsized influence, remember that Texas and Florida (Trump) each have higher populations than New York. Georgia and North Carolina each have higher populations than New Jersey. And Massachusetts, that bastion of liberalism, is 15th.
That isn't my concern.

My concern is that our local political mental defectives would endeavor in "Californicating" the rest of the Nation at a faster pace than they are as-is.
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