The plan calls for electoral votes to be distributed based on the percentage of the popular vote statewide. So if Chris Christie gets 60 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania and Hillary Clinton gets 40 percent, they’ll split the electoral votes accordingly, and the winner will get an additional two bonus electoral votes.
If the New Republican Plan had been in effect in 2012, Mitt Romney would have received 8 of Pennsylvania’ 20 electoral votes, despite losing the state by a substantial margin.
The problem with the New Republican Plan is that it would only be enacted in blue states such as Pennsylvania — the Democratic candidate for presidential won Pennsylvania in every single election for the past two decades — while red states would continue to award all of their electoral votes to the Republican. Thus, the plan gives away Democratic votes to the Republican for free, while letting the Republican candidate keep all the votes they earn legitimately in other states
Of course. You won’t see this in Texas — until it becomes competitive for Democratic presidential candidates (stand by for news on that front, by the way).
Incidentally, Paul Ryan came out against the electoral vote plot yesterday.