Devised in 1787, the purpose of the Electoral College was a compromise to set a balance between those who wanted the popular vote to determine the election and those who didn't want public input. The number of Congress members a state has is how many electoral votes that state gets. The 2016 election is the fifth time that the Electoral College has resulted in a split verdict of one candidate winning the popular vote and the other the electoral vote – the latter being the one that decides the presidency.
During a press conference at the NC Legislature, state GOP spokesman Dallas Woodhouse interrupted Alan McSurely, attorney with the state NAACP. As McSurely joined Democrats criticizing Republicans for making a power grab in the special session, Woodhouse asked McSurely to explain examples of Democrats cutting Republicans' power in the past.