An interesting question is do the Democrats have a built-in advantage in the electoral college? I came up with the idea to recalculate the last presidential elections so that the Republican and Democratic candidates got the same vote, an exact 50/50 popular vote split. So here’s the result for 2008. I calculated to the nearest thousand votes and to 4 decimal places.
Obama 69,498,000 votes / McCain 59,948,000 votes / Equal votes for each 64,723,000
Multiple Obama’s vote by 0.9313 / Multiple McCain’s vote by 1.0797 / Do this for their vote in each state and the District of Columbia. What happens?
The electoral votes of the states of Florida (27), Indiana (11), North Carolina (15), Ohio (20), and Virginia (13) go from Obama to McCain. The change in electoral votes for the candidates?
Obama got 365 electoral votes (69%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 279 electoral votes (52%).
McCain got 173 electoral votes (31%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 259 electoral votes (48%).