Absolutely. If the popular vote was all that counted, candidates would campaign in the Northeast and the West Coast, with the occasional layover in Chicago. Screw the rest of the nation. It's a terrible idea.
We keep forgetting, but we do not actually cast a vote for the candidate. We cast a vote for the electors.
We never have actually voted for the person. Ever.
"Screw the rest of the nation."
I imagine the folks in the U.P. of Michigan and New Petersburgh, Ohio are feeling pretty good about the Electoral College during this campaign season.