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Bernie Sanders says he supports abolishing the Electoral College

July 13, 2019

On Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he supports abolishing the Electoral College.

When asked if he favored abolishing the Electoral College at a town hall event hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens, Sanders said, “It is hard to defend a system in which we have a president who lost the popular vote by three million votes, so the answer is yes.”

Sanders has criticized the Electoral College but stopped short of calling for it to be abolished.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Sanders said, “Presidential elections cannot be fought out in just a dozen ‘battleground’ states. I believe that we need to reexamine the concept of the Electoral College.”

Sanders joins a few other Democrats who have called for the Electoral College to be abolished. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) as well as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg have said that they favored getting rid of the Electoral College.

– MK. II

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