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Kamala Harris: ‘I’m open’ to abolishing Electoral College

March 20, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday night that she’s “open to discussion” about abolishing the Electoral College.

The senator from California, who is polling third among her 2020 Democratic rivals in most national polls, made the comment during a wide-ranging discussion on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Mr. Kimmel asked the senator: “Sen. Warren had a town hall last night, and she said that she thinks we should do away with the Electoral College. Do you agree with that?”

“I’m open to the discussion,” Ms. Harris responded. “There’s no question that the popular vote has been diminished in terms of making the final decision about who’s the president of the United States, and we need to deal with that. So, I’m open to the discussion.”

Democratic calls to abolish the Electoral College have continued since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College in 2016, handing the victory to President Trump. Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly called for eliminating the system, which would require a constitutional amendment.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren made headlines Monday night after she vowed to “get rid of” the Electoral College, sparking a new question among 2020 presidential contenders.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke agreed Tuesday that there’s “a lot of wisdom” in eliminating the system.