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That’s a lot of wishful thinking.

Won’t rural votes be overshadowed by urban votes? No, they won’t. The rural population of the US is about 1/6th of the total population of the US. That’s the same size as the top 100 US cities, put together. The rural population votes about 60% Republican. The urban population votes about 60% Democratic. In terms of population and partisan affiliation, the rural and urban areas balance each other out. Everyone else is in the suburbs, and their partisan affiliation is just about evenly divided.”

To begin with, the “total population”. Rural areas have a higher proportion of children than urban areas have (by about 4%). So your 100 largest cities already outnumbers the rural population when you look at who can actually cast ballots.

And your choice of the 100 largest cities is completely arbitrary. It draws a line at 212,000 people while ignoring that the next 13 cities in the list all still have between 200,000 and 212,000 people in them.

If you look at the top 200 Cities you have roughly 40% of the total voting population and they’d all still be voting 60% or better Democrat. Cities like Spokane, WA, Hartford, CT and Birmingham, AL would be surprised to learn that you’ve relegated them to “suburban” status. The top 200 cities all still have populations above 130,000 people.

The U.S. Census counts the top 468 cities as “urban centers”. If we used that as a yardstick then you’d be looking at about 70% of the total population.

Won’t this diminish the influence of small states? No, it won’t. Of the 25 smallest states, 22 are currently ignored by the candidates.

Changing to a NPV won’t change that. Candidates would go where they can talk to the most people in the least amount of time. That shifts all of the focus to larger cities. Those 22 smallest states don’t have them. Of your 100 largest cities, only one falls in any of the seven New England States. So Boston would get a visit. The rest of New England would get ignored (As would ID, WY, SD, ND, MT, etc…)

And your claim that all but 3 of the 25 smallest States are ignored is also off. According to the chart at, MS, UT, NV, NM, NE, ME, NH, IA and CT all had post-convention campaign stops by either Clinton or Trump.

Won’t big states control the presidency? Not very likely. It is true that 1/2 of the US population lives in 12 states but for big states to control the Presidency, they’d have to vote as a block. Right now, big states are evenly divided: 6 solidly Republican and 6 solidly Democratic.

That’s not even close to being true.

The 12 largest States are CA, TX, NY, FL, IL, PA, OH, GA, MI, NC, NJ and VA.

Four are solid blue States (CA, NY, IL and NJ) and two are solid red States (TX and GA). The other six are swing States.

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