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Second, we don't live in a Democracy. We live in a Constitutional Republic where the rights of the STATES are respected and the STATES participate in the election.Otherwise, candidates would only have to campaign in five states to get elected and everyone else is irrelevant.

Isn't that exactly what it comes down to? We have a convoluted antiquated electoral system that lets a few key states decide the fate of our Republic. That's not as it was intended. The rest of the country is firmly polarized--blue or red and is safely ignored. The popular will of a state can be subverted by the electoral college and the majority candidate can lose because all states are not equally respected by the system and a handful have outsized importance and are overweighted. These can and have been the key to the presidency in spite of the voice of the people. Candidates are forced to court the demographic shifts in a handful of states that will get them to 270. Those states change cycle to cycle, but often come down to a few states the control the outcome of an election. This time it was WI, MI,PA. How many trips and how much time did candidates spend here in the last frenzied days of the election? A lot more time than they spent in CA, NY, ID, MO, HI, ND, SD, NB, WA, MT, etc etc etc. The electoral college is a foul force we are unfortunately stuck with that needs a solution.

We came so very close this year to disaster and Constitutional crisis because of the system coupled with the corrupt intent of the GOP candidate. But for some principled state legislatures, state officials and a handful of bipartisan judges, we would be facing four years that would destroy what remains of our Republic.

https://www.businessinsider.com/hillary-clinton-pennsylvania...

"For example, some critics have said that everything hinged on me not campaigning in the Midwest," she continued. "And I suppose it is possible that a few more trips to Saginaw or a few more ads on the air on Waukesha could have tipped a couple thousand votes here and there."

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/clintons-ground-game-di...

Needless to say, the election didn’t work out quite as Clinton hoped. Not only did she lose seven swing states and 100 electoral votes1 that Barack Obama had won four years earlier — she did so despite winning the popular vote. If the hallmark of a good campaign is turning out voters where you need them most, then Clinton’s failed miserably. She received almost as many votes (65.85 million) as Obama had nationwide (65.92 million). But while she earned 900,000 more votes than Obama in California and almost 600,000 more in Texas, she underperformed him in the swing states.
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