I’m guessing that Donald Trump will win Carbon County. The county fits the demographic of Trump supporters–older, whiter, not many college grads. Although the support for Clinton is climbing rapidly, I’m still predicting a Trump win.
Nonetheless, the Clinton campaign is working hard to turn out Clinton voters in Carbon. Why? Because the race is a state-wide race. Every Clinton vote the campaign nets in Carbon County is added to the statewide total.
At the same time Clinton is not campaigning much in Massachusetts or Alabama. Why not? As of today, she will win Massachusetts and lose Alabama. It doesn’t matter if she increases her vote total in Massachusetts or in Alabama because the electoral college operates on a state-by-state basis.
This means candidates only campaign in the “battleground states” like Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Florida. Suppose, however, we elected presidents by popular vote. If Clinton received more votes in Alabama or Massachusetts, those votes would be added to the national total.
Every vote in every state would count. Elections would become truly nationwide. No voter would feel left out.
Tomorrow: Some problems with a nationwide presidential vote.