I think, one of the reasons Clinton lost those Obama states was because she took those states for granted.
EXACTLY. I was watching in Pa and when our state election pundit, Terry Madonna noted in August 2016 that Hillary was not visiting anywhere in Pa except for Philly and once in Pittsburgh.
The trump ground pounders had Trump loaded up to meet with people from Scranton to Schuylkill Haven and from ri to Ebensburg. People were so attuned to be hearing what they heard from a guy who came off as pissed off as they, that madonna state that "Whatever the outcome elsewhere, Pa is probably going to go TRUMP. MS Clinton is ignoring the coal regions and the hunters and farmers"
She did it magnificently . Not only did she ignore these people but she gave a speech in Philly about how weve gotta get rid of GUNS and She further stated that in Pennsylvania we need to stop burning coal and re educate the miners for future opportunities in other areas.(That is a fact but espousing doing away with coal in Pa and learn "computer skills" is not a brilliant campaign strategy)
She shot herself in her big feet and then , when she compounded the story with how Trump Supporters were basically composed of the wacko fringe, she sealed her own fate.
I think, with the exception of one or two, the majority of the Dem wannabee candidates, have learned mightily from Hillary's lesson
Trumps plurality in Pa alone was just the margin given him by about 3 cities up north and west .
I recall how Obama made trips to Bradford and Erie and PEnn State, and even Mansfield , as he rode on to Wilkes Barre SCranton Allentown and Reading. Trump didnt have any belly fire, his staff did though. Hillary took Trumpism for granted and fed him election results that were a quick turn after Pa was lost, and Ohio , Wisconsin, and Michigan came in.
Hell Trump went to Lancastr, Hillary didnt even acknowledge our existence.
Madonna, in late AUgust or September stated that TRUMP "COULD WIN" because Hillary had set a pattern of only visiting urban centers of rust belt states. and after the election he did a talk show where the entire talk was based on Hillary saying something like "OOPS" we figured that one wrong ddnt we. I cant understand why Bill didnt give more advice caue he was eating french fry topped onion- cheese- burgers and kielbasi sammiches all over Pa during his yers
Th Electoral College needs to be changed, Starting with a national removal of the "Winner take all" BS . Because, In Pa, Ohio, Wisconsin,Michigan, if that would have been added to NY, Hillary would have won by a percentage rule of electoral votes. It was winner take all that scored for Trump in the election.
Hillary would have won the presidency by 5 electoral votes in a percentage based apportionment of electoral votes. Really good candidates will still win and a percentage distribution of electors does NOT favor one party over another.
having said that, theres really no way any EC changes can be made now. Its gotta become a Congressional activity in the Senate in some year hen it more evenly personned.