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Some of Gov. Bill Richardson’s former campaign higher-ups were spotted in downtown Santa Fe by Steve Terrell of the Santa Fe New Mexican — not planning another presidential run for the two-term New Mexico governor, but planning on how to push for an initiative to abolish the electoral college and elect a president by the national popular vote.

The former Richardson staffers include Dave Contarino, Amanda Cooper, and Jim Noel.

New Mexico, like most other states, uses the winner-take-all system to determine who gets our five electoral votes. So, if a candidate wins the state by one vote — or, say, by 366 votes, which was Al Gore’s margin over George W. Bush in 2000 — he or she gets all ive electoral votes.


By Matthew Reichbach | 04.28.11


Source: New Mexico Independent

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