Connecticut passes bill giving electoral votes to presidential candidate who wins popular vote
The Connecticut state Senate on Saturday voted in favor of a measure to give the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.
The move puts the state in a position to become the 11th, in addition to Washington, D.C., to join an interstate compact to pool their electoral college votes for the candidate who wins the popular vote.
With the addition of Connecticut’s seven electoral votes, the compact would have 172 in total. For the compact to go into effect nationally, it would need 270 electoral votes – the number needed for a candidate to win the presidency.
The nationwide effort to form the compact gained traction after former President George W. Bush won the election without winning the popular vote, and has revived after the 2016 election.
President Trump won the Electoral College, but Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.