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    Right now, to get a senator in office, you need to persuade millions of Americans to vote your way. If you got rid of the direct election of senators, you would only need to persuade a few dozen state legislators.

    Without direct election of senators, we go back to the smoke-filled room. Business interests will simply buy senators, and we, as citizens, will have nothing to do with it.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:40:19 PM PST

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    •  Many Senators do not Get 1M Votes (0+ / 0-)
      Right now, to get a senator in office, you need to persuade millions of Americans to vote your way. *
      *In the most populated states.  In many states with smaller populations, that is not the case.  For instance, Jeff Flake barely broke million votes this year in Arizona (16th in population among the states) to win a Senate seat.

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