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Michigan Republicans eye plan for cracking 'blue wall' to get electoral votes

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LANSING, Michigan — Michigan Republicans are exploring whether to change the rules so their presidential candidate can net electoral votes without having to win the state's popular vote.

Legislation before the GOP-led Legislature would make Michigan the third — and by far the largest — state to move away from a winner-take-all system to one that allocates electoral votes proportionally. George H.W. Bush was the last Republican to win the state, in 1988.

While the bill is a longshot in this month's lame-duck session, Democrats are concerned that it could eventually pass if the GOP continues to maintain control of the Legislature.

Talk of changing the electoral system has been the subject of two recent contentious committee hearings.

Democrats harshly criticize the proposal, and some Republicans are also unenthusiastic.

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