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Witcover: Time to ditch the Electoral College?

Witcover: Time to ditch the Electoral College?

WASHINGTON -- For the second time in the last four presidential elections, the candidate who won the popular vote has been denied the Oval Office for failing achieve an Electoral College majority. Hillary Clinton lost in this fashion earlier this month, as Al Gore did in 2000.

A mild outcry was heard when Mr. Gore won half a million popular votes more than George W. Bush, but nothing came of it. Mr. Gore swallowed his disappointment and even eventually made a joke of it, saying in introducing himself: "I used to be the next president of the United States."

Now, in the wake of Ms. Clinton's Electoral College loss to Donald Trump, the prospect of an utter political...