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Bill to Alter Electoral College Voting Fails in Senate

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A controversial bill to change the way Virginia elects the president failed in a state Senate committee Tuesday.

Republican Senator Bill Carrico's bill, Senate Bill 723, would have changed Virginia's current "winner-take-all" Electoral College system, instead allocating presidential electors by congressional district.

Democrats called the legislation a "sore loser bill" because, had this concept been in place in Virginia for the 2012 elections, Mitt Romney would have received more electoral votes than Barack Obama, despite the fact that the president won the state's popular vote.

Political analysts at the University of Virginia Center for Politics say the concept is not a good one, but neither party is free from blame.

"Democrats were offering the same thing prior, because they couldn't win [the presidency] in the state of Virginia," said analyst Geoff Skelley. "So they were trying to change the rules. And now Republicans haven't won it two times in a row, and now they're trying to change the rules. It's all political gamesmanship."

Lawmakers say the idea needs more study before it can really be considered. Meanwhile, analysts say it is only a matter of time before the concept returns to Richmond.

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