The map shows the number of campaign events that the presidential and vice-presidential candidates held in each state during the campaign's first 3 weeks.

The 35 events are concentrated in just 10 states -- with Pennsylvania and Wisconsin receiving the most attention from the candidates. Details

Not surprisingly, these 10 states are among the states that the Cook Political scorecard ranks as toss-up's or "leaning" toward one party. (The jury is still out on campaign activity in Iowa, Texas, Maine's 2nd congressional district, and Nebraska's 2nd district).

State "winner-take-all" laws are the reason why candidates don't pay attention to the concerns of voters in the other 36 states (and DC). These laws award all of a state's electoral votes to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in each separate state.

  • 20 states are so heavily Republican that a few weeks of campaigning cannot shift their electoral votes (AK, AL, AR, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MT, MO, MS, ND, OK, SC, SD, TN, UT, WV, WY, Nebraska as a whole, and Nebraska's 1st and 3rd district).
  • 16 states and DC are so heavily Democratic that they are equally unlikely to shift (CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, IL, MD, MA, NJ, NM, NY, OR, RI, VA, VT, WA, Maine as a whole, and Maine's 1st district).

Because of the winner-take-all system, presidential candidates have nothing to gain or lose by campaigning in any of these 36 "safe" states. As a result, both parties ignore the issues of concern to voters in all 36 states. And, we end up with a presidential campaign involving only a handful of states.

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states and D.C.

Electing the President by a national popular vote is the only way to make sure that every voter is equal throughout the country, and that every voter in every state is politically relevant in every election. 
State legislators are up for election on November 3 in almost every state. So, this is a great time to send them an email asking them to support the National Popular Vote bill.

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  • Watch debate at R Street between National Popular Vote's Eileen Reavey and Patrick Rosenstiel and NPV's opponents Tara Ross and Trent England
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