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 2012. I calculated to the nearest thousand votes and to 4 decimal places.
Obama 65,916,000 votes / Romney 60,934,000 votes / Equal votes for each 63,425,000
Multiple Obama’s vote by 0.9622 / Multiple Romney’s vote by 1.0409 / Do this for their vote in each state and the District of Columbia. What happens?
The electoral votes of the states of Florida and Ohio go from Obama to Romney. The change in electoral votes for the candidates?
Obama got 332 electoral votes (62%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 285 electoral votes (53%).
Romney got 206 electoral votes (38%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 253 electoral votes (47%).