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 2000. I calculated to the nearest thousand votes and to 4 decimal places.
GW Bush 50,456,000 votes / Gore 51,000,000 votes / Equal votes for each 50,728,000
Multiple Bush’s vote by 1.0054 / Multiple Gore’s vote by 0.9947 / Do this for their vote in each state and the District of Columbia. What happens?
The electoral votes of the states of Wisconsin (11) and New Mexico (5) go from Al Gore to GW Bush. The change in electoral votes for the candidates?
GW Bush got 271 electoral votes (50.3%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 287 electoral votes (53%).
Kerry got 267 electoral votes (49.7%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 251 electoral votes (47%).