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Colorado Prop 113 results: National Popular Vote maintains lead as vote count nears completion

Multistate pact pledges electors to presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationwide

John Aguilar / Denver Post
A 2018 Colorado ballot.
Eric Lubbers / Colorado Sun

A ballot measure that would enter Colorado into a pact with 14 other states and Washington, D.C., to assign the state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote for president held a small but steady lead late Tuesday.

With 85% of the vote tallied, Proposition 113 was leading with 52.4% support.

State lawmakers passed a bill in 2019 putting Colorado in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, but that decision was challenged by a citizen initiative that put the final decision in voters’ hands this fall. A “yes” vote on Proposition 113 keeps the state in the compact while a “no” vote maintains the system Colorado has used for decades to choose a president: The candidate with the most statewide support receives all of Colorado’s electoral votes.

Colorado currently has nine electoral votes but is likely to pick up at least one more once the 2020 Census is complete.

Opponents of Prop 113 say presidential contenders under a national popular vote system will go where the votes are — namely big cities in populous states.

“If 113 passes, there would be no reason for a candidate to come to Colorado anymore — we would lose our clout and our importance on national policy issues,” said Frank McNulty, a former Republican state House speaker who serves as an adviser to the anti-Prop 113 group Protect Colorado’s Vote.

But backers of the measure say Colorado — and dozens of other states — are already largely ignored under today’s Electoral College map, where a handful of swing states get most of the presidential campaigns’ attention and often determine the winner. America’s 100 largest cities encompass just 17% of the nation’s population, so any viable campaign couldn’t restrict itself to large urban population centers, proponents say.

“We want to make sure presidential candidates think about people across the country, and what they think — not just voters in Pennsylvania,” said Democratic state Sen. Michael Foote, who supports the advocacy group Yes on Prop 113. “The national popular vote is a way to make sure our president gets elected on the principle of one person, one vote.”

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