HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — This is the second Presidential election in sixteen years, and the fourth in U.S. history, that the modern Democratic Party lost even though their Presidential candidate won the popular vote nationwide. It is with this background that Connecticut’s seven ‘Electors,’ pledged to Hillary Clinton, met at the State Capitol Monday.
“This is the first position I’ve ever held that I would be delighted to do away with,” said Elector Bob Godfrey, a longtime State Rep from Danbury, who was elected chairman of the Electors Monday. He expressed the opinion of many Democrats as Connecticut’s seven electors cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton.
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Godfrey was also part of an effort two years ago to have Connecticut join eleven other states in voting to require that the state’s electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote. That proposal never passed the General Assembly.
“This was not a very good year for the Democrats and they are stomping their feet and demanding to do it differently so that they can be victorious, and it’s just wrong,” said Connecticut State Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano following today’s meeting of the electors.
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“This election is fine and I think it was determined based on the rules that we entered the game in but I think going forward I think we definitely need to change as we look at this, as we go through the next election cycle,” Balletto said.
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The Republican Party Chair says abolishing the Electoral College would result in the Presidential candidates just campaigning in the big states like California, New York and Florida, “Centers of population and then what happens is that smaller states, like Connecticut for example, get ignored because that’s not how you win.”
But elector Jeanette Morrison, who is also President Pro Tem of the New Haven Board of Alders, says she thinks it would make more people feel that their vote actually counts, “I believe more people, who don’t get involved in politics, will become more involved because they’ll really feel like they are the ones that their vote is heard.”
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If you haven’t googled this by now, here are the answers:
- Donald Trump loses the popular vote, but beats Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College.
- George W. Bush beat Al Gore in 2000.
- Benjamin Harrison beat Democrat Grover Cleveland this way in 1888
- Rutherford B. Hayes beat Democrat Samuel J. Tilden this way in 1876.
- The modern Democratic party was actually established following the disputed election of 1824 in which John Quincy Adams was selected by the House of Representatives.
Late Monday afternoon, a group of state lawmakers announced they will re-introduce that ‘popular vote’ measure that failed in the General Assembly two years ago. All of the sponsors are Democrats.