Opinion: No, the Electoral College Isn’t ‘Electoral Affirmative Action’ for Rural States


Even in the aggregate, these representation gaps would not have been a determining factor in the last presidential election. Indeed, if we eliminated these gaps, giving smaller states no additional representation — and if each state awarded all of its electoral college votes in winner-take-all fashion — Trump would have won in 2016 by 12 percentage points, the author’s analysis showed. Read more.