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Elections 2012: Pennsylvania Republicans Electoral College Shakeup Plan Could Hurt Obama

09/14/2011 07:13 pm ET | Updated Nov 14, 2011

Pennsylvania Republicans are planning an electoral college shakeup to try and oust President Obama in the 2012 election.

Their plan would end the state's winner-take-all system for electoral votes, replacing it with a system that awards candidates votes based on the results of each congressional district. The statewide winner would garner an additional two votes.

Pennsylvania is largely considered an important election battleground. In 2008, Obama won the state's 21 votes with just 54.7% of the vote.

In a close election, winning a large state like Pennsylvania can be make or break for a candidate.

John Fortier, an electoral college expert told Reuters, "It would be harder for Democrats to win in a close election if this goes through."

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