Electoral College: More Dem Than GOP Defections
The Electoral College voted on Monday and in a surprising outcome more Democrats defected than Republican did.
The Hill reports:
Four Democratic electors in Washington state cast votes for candidates other than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who carried the state.
In Hawaii, three votes went to Clinton, while one elector voted for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Democratic electors in Maine, Minnesota and Colorado separately tried to cast votes for different candidates, but saw their ballots barred. Clinton carried all three states.
Ahead of the Electoral College vote, the focus was on whether any voters would defect from casting ballots for Republican Donald Trump.
That didn’t happen. But two Republican electors in Texas chose alternatives to Trump. One, who had said weeks earlier he would switch is vote, chose Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich. The other chose former Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul.
Trump sealed his victory Monday evening when Texas’ 36 electoral votes pushed him over the edge of 270 with 304 votes.
Trump opponents led protests, printed full-page ads in newspapers in swing states and even offered to pay any fines incurred on GOP electors who would be legally punished for not voting for Trump.
In Washington, three rogue electors voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, while one voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Sioux Tribe elder who led protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota this year.
One Maine elector expressed interest in going rogue by voting for Sanders instead, but was told he could not and voted for Clinton.
The long-shot effort began when Trump won 306 electoral college votes, beating Clinton’s 232 on Election Day.
Clinton won more than 2.8 million votes than Trump in the popular vote, resulting in calls from Democrats to abolish the Electoral College.
It’s the second time in the last five elections that Democrats won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College. The last time was when Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore in the 2000 election.
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