Like many people, I grew up with the following understanding of the Electoral College.
“The reason we have the Electoral College instead of using the popular vote is to prevent presidential candidates from concentrating only on the most populace states.”
Now with modern statistical sampling, computerized analysis, demographic slicing and dicing, presidential candidates can decide who they already can depend upon and spend all their time on the “Swing States.”
In other words, the only states the candidates seem to worry about are Ohio, Florida, Virginia and a few others.
Maybe the Electoral College has outlived its usefulness?