Republican leaders are divided over proposals advocated by state lawmakers from their party that would award presidential electoral votes in a proportional way, a move that may give their future candidates an edge.
“It’s something that a lot of states are looking at, and in some cases I think they should look at it,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters after being re-elected to his post today at a gathering in North Carolina. “It is a state issue, but personally I’m pretty intrigued by it.”
“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” former Mississippi governor and onetime RNC chairman Haley Barbour said in an interview airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt.”
Barbour, who along with his nephew, RNC member Henry Barbour, is close to Priebus, said such changes may not always benefit Republicans.
“I don’t think anybody can predict with any form of precision who it’ll help from this election to the next,” Barbour said.
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