Are these 7 U.S. States -- the 7 with the largest populations, and thus the largest number of electoral votes -- the most
important in any U.S.
(Population numbers from 2000 U.S. Census)
1 California (55 electoral votes)
2 Texas (34 electoral votes)
3 New York (31 electoral votes)
4 Florida (27 electoral votes)
5 Illinois (21 electoral votes)
6 Pennsylvania (21 electoral votes)
7 Ohio (20 electoral votes)
(The other 43 States [and D.C.] each have less than 10,000,000 people, and less than 20 electoral votes.)
These 7 States alone contain 209 of the 538 electoral votes -- that's 39% of all available electoral votes!
One would think that, if a
Presidential Candidate won all 7 of these States, it would take a miracle for the other Presidential Candidate to win almost of all of the other 43
States needed to still win the election.
(Check out www.presidentelect.org...
for more details. This is a cool website which shows the Electoral College map for every U.S.
Presidential Election -- from George Washington in 1789 to George W. Bush in 2000!)
Also, that means that 39% of the U.S. Congress is controlled by a mere 7 States. Even for bills in Congress that require a 2/3 majority in both Houses
to pass, that means that 6 out of every 10 votes needed to pass a bill under those conditions would be there if those 7 States banded together.
To those who live in the other 43 U.S. States, do you feel like your voice is still heard? How does rural Kansas and rural Montana keep from getting
drowned out by New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston?