Donald Trump was formally elected president by the Electoral College today, despite calls for electors to cast their vote for someone other than the reality star/real estate mogul.
THE FINAL COUNT (barring any Dem defections in Hawaii):
3 COLIN POWELL
1 JOHN KASICH
1 RON PAUL
1 FAITH SPOTTED EAGLE
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 19, 2016
While Clinton received more than 2.8 million popular votes (and counting), Trump soundly crossed the 270 electoral vote threshold this afternoon.
To alter the election results, 37 Republican electors would have needed to change their vote. But it was Hillary Clinton who faced defections: In Colorado, an elector who supported Bernie Sanders refused to vote for the Former First Lady. (He was replaced.)
In Minnesota, which Clinton carried, another elector insisted on abstaining.
Washington State saw four “faithless” electors—three casting votes for Colin Powell and one for Faith Spotted Eagle, a member of the Sioux Nation who helped block the Keystone XL pipeline.
David Bright of Maine cast his vote for Bernie Sanders to acknowledge the candidate’s supporters. His vote was ruled “out of order” and rescinded, though, and was then given to Clinton.
Chris Suprun, a Republican from Texas, did cast his electoral vote for Gov. John Kasich, who was knocked out in the Primary.
“I’m gravely concerned that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped Trump win the Republican primary, in addition to the general election,” Suprun wrote in an op-ed in The Hill. “In light of the mounting evidence of foreign influence undermining our election, delegates to the Electoral College should have been briefed by the CIA.”
The House of Representatives will confirm the Electoral College vote next month before Trump’s inauguration on January 20.