Some people perseverate on the fact that Bush and Trump lost the popular vote. They claim that their presidencies are illegitamate because of that. They agitate for the elimination of the Electoral College and the implementation of a straight, popular vote.
They fail to consider the secondary effects of implementing the popular vote.
What incentive does a conservative voter currently have in California, New York, Illinois, Minnesota or New England? Many of them vote out of a sense of civic duty. Many also stay home.
If the Electoral College were replaced by the straight, popular vote then I predict there would be a massive upsurge in conservative voters in Blue states going to the poll. After all, their votes would count in the event of the straight, popular vote.