A better proportion
However, the primary season has, in fact, shown the value of proportional representation in primaries. Consider that Sen. Barack Obama has won a greater share of the national popular vote and far more states than Mrs. Clinton. Would it really make sense to have Mr. Obama's losses in several big states trump all the votes cast in smaller states? Instead, the Democrats' contest is like a national race unfolding state by state — making sure small states and their voters count as much as those in big states.
Just as George W. Bush was not hurt by a vigorous contest in 2000 while Al Gore waited in the wings, Mr. Obama may well be boosted by the spring campaign. According to Rasmussen Reports, Democrats' advantage in voter self-identification has grown to 10 percent from just 2 percent in December — in part because of their candidates dominating the airwaves. Democrats have built broader donor networks and registered and turned out more voters than Republicans. Democrats have plenty of time to unify by convention time.
Time will tell, but Republicans would do better to accept the Brock Commission's 1999 recommendation to use proportional representation rather than Democrats moving to winner-take-all.