According to CNN, New Mexico is the fourteenth state to join a compact which will give the state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in future presidential elections.
The bill was cosponsored by Democratic state Senator Carlos Cisneros and signed by Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday. Cisneros hopes the end of the “archaic” Electoral College will give New Mexico more influence in elections.
"Presidential candidates don't even bother to come into the state anymore because they really don't need to. They'll go after states that have a large number of delegate votes and exclude New Mexico," Cisneros said. "For us it is crucial that the election for president is predicated on popular vote rather than the traditional and historical way of doing that."
The addition of New Mexico to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will bring the compact’s strength to 189 electoral votes. They will need 270 electoral votes to gain the majority in the presidential election.
The compact also includes California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington state and the District of Columbia.
In the 2016 election, Trump won the election with 306 electoral votes. Yet, Clinton won the popular vote.
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