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What do supporters of the Electoral College say?

“If [the Electoral College] be not perfect, it is at least excellent.” That is what Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist Papers. He did not need to write much, since even the opponents of the new Constitution mostly agreed that the Electoral College was a good way to choose the President.
The mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which has escaped without severe censure, or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents. The most plausible of these, who has appeared in print, has even deigned to admit that the election of the President is pretty well guarded. I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm, that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent. It unites in an eminent degree all the advantages, the union of which was to be wished for. -Alexander Hamilton

The Republican Party, in its national platform, supports the Electoral College and opposes the National Popular Vote campaign.

We oppose the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and any other scheme to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College. An unconstitutional effort to impose National Popular Vote would be a grave threat to our federal system and a guarantee of corruption, as every ballot box in every state would offer a chance to steal the presidency. We urge state legislatures that have voted for this proposal to rescind their approval.