If the Electoral College were abandoned, party frontrunners would camp out exclusively in urban areas. The pancake breakfasts in Des Moines and Denver would be replaced with mammoth rallies in Los Angeles and New York City.
A candidate might visit Phoenix, but would they ever hit the tarmac in Tucson?
Moving to a national popular vote would destroy one of our foundational checks and balances: the interests of rural and small-town Americans would be abandoned for those of urban elites.
And can anyone fathom the tumult of a close election requiring a nationwide recount? Florida in 2000 created enough problems.