If your friend is correct that Mr. Romney wins the popular vote, then he basically cannot lose the Electoral College based on the 8 States you mention voting to give all their electors to the winner of the national popular vote. Pretty much every State you mention is considered a solid blue State going for Mr. Obama. How could he possibly recover losing just California's Electoral College votes, much less all 132 at stake under this misguided set of laws, even if he somehow won every currently contested swing State?
I would be willing to wager that the forces behind this push cannot comprehend a scenario involving Bush/Gore in reverse. The first time California's EC votes go to a conservative, these laws will vanish in the mist.