Red, White and Blue

GOP eyes new election laws

CREATED Jan. 18, 2013

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BOSTON (AP) -- After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win.

From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who control legislatures in states that supported President Barack Obama are considering changing state laws that give the winner of a state's popular vote all of its Electoral College votes.

Instead, these officials want Electoral College votes to be divided proportionally, a move that could transform the way the country elects its president.

Democrats are outraged at the potential change, saying it's an attempt to rig the outcome in Republicans' favor.

Obama won the popular vote with 65.9 million votes, or 51.1 percent, to Republican Mitt Romney's 60.9 million. Obama won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206.