He’s Done It! Electoral College members across the nation voted to affirm President-elect Donald Trump’s victory on Monday, as liberal attempts to sway Republican electors to abandon Trump fizzled.
This from The Hill,
Republican electors stayed loyal to their candidate, keeping Trump well above the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to secure the nomination.
Texas’ 36 electoral votes for Trump pushed him over the edge at around 4:30 Central Time, even though two rogue electors’ defections deprived Trump of one of those votes. That gave Trump 304 total electoral votes.
The Republican-controlled Congress, a body even more unlikely to be swayed by pressure than the Electoral College, will certify the vote on Jan. 6.
The Texas defectors mark the only two “faithless electors” who broke from the controversial Republican. One voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich while the other voted for former Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
In recent weeks, rogue presidential electors calling themselves the “Hamilton Electors” urged Republican electors to defect from Trump.
Indeed, “faithless electors” caused more news on the Democratic side.
A Minnesota delegate cast a vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders, only to be removed and replaced with an alternate. In Maine, an elector who had announced his intentions to vote for Sanders, only to change his vote and back Clinton in a second round of voting. And in Washington, three Democrats voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and one Democrat voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, a tribal activist opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Public attention on the Electoral College, typically an afterthought in the presidential election process, hit a historic high this year after the protests following Donald Trump’s election.
The majority of states have laws compelling electors to follow their state’s majority vote but lack no federal or Constitutional directive to vote the way their states did in November. Even so, electors almost always hem to their state’s vote—only nine individual electors in the past 100 years broke from their state’s Election Day results.
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