I always had a little pity for Hawaii and Alaska during election times. There they were, out there in their distant time zones, waking up on their election day to hear who won, sometimes before they even got a chance to vote. I'm not one that is silly enough to think that somehow robs them of their right to choose, because your power to influence the outcome of the game is not changed one iota by knowing the score. But it certainly takes some of the fun out of it.
Yet the one thing I always kept in mind was that the one time their votes did make the difference, Hawaii and Alaska would hold the nation in their hands.