This is part of the disenfranchisement of rural America. As the population becomes increasingly urbanized, decisions made by voters are increasingly uninformed of the conditions and realities in the actual physical areas that comprise the countries. Sure, a Wyoming voter’s vote is “worth” more than a Californian’s, but the alternative is to have California, Texas, and New York elect the president, every time. It’s true that, when candidates are mediocre and voter turnout lackluster, a candidate can win an electoral election and lose the popular vote. But that is far, far less dangerous than undermining completely the representation that less-popular states gain by the electoral college, which was designed exactly for this purpose by our forward-thinking and wise founders.
Colorado is a microcosm of this problem. Denver’s population is large enough to swing the senatorial vote, and their Senators reflect this (the governor has been accused of being the “governor of Denver”. But Representatives, who represent rural regions, are not chosen entirely by Denver. Thus when the state banned high-capacity magazines (based on the wishes of urban voters, who have less of a need for guns and a political disinclination to support gun rights), the Representatives lost their jobs, voted out by the rural folks they represented. Expect the disenfranchisement of rural America to continue so long as population urbanizes.