Posted on February 28, 2019

Ex-Maine GOP Gov: White People Won’t Get ‘Anything to Say’ If Electoral College Is Eliminated

Justin Wise, The Hill, February 28, 2019

Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday that eliminating the Electoral College and electing a president based on the national popular vote would thwart the voice of white people.

“Actually what would happen if they do what they say they’re going do, white people will not have anything to say,” LePage, who served as governor from 2011-2019, said on the Maine radio station WVOM. “It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida.”

The former Republican governor made the comments as he discussed a bill currently being considered in the Maine legislature that would let Maine join other states seeking to bypass the Electoral college and award its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.


“All the small states like Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming, Montana, Rhode Island, you’ll never see a presidential candidate again. You’ll never see anybody at the national stage come to our state,” he said. “We’re gonna be forgotten people. It’s an insane, insane process.”

“{snip} You’re going to have five or six states that are going to control everything in Washington.”


Colorado is set to become the 12th state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to join a national popular vote interstate compact that wants to award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

The compact cannot go into effect until the coalition includes states that accumulate at least 270 electoral votes. States included in the coalition would award their electoral votes en masse to the candidate who wins the national popular vote if it were to go in effect.