Donald Trump Surpasses 270 Electoral College Votes Needed to Become President

In Tallahassee, Florida, protestors began gathering before 10 a.m. (Credit: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
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L.A. outside of the Senate Chamber entrance on the fourth floor of the Florida State Capitol. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Dec. Thirty-seven of Trump’s pledged 306 electors would have to vote against him, becoming so-called “faithless electors,” to keep him under the 270 threshold to become President. Trump will be officially set for his inauguration at noon on January 20 once all the electoral votes are counted. This is the first US presidential election since 1872 with more than one “faithless elector.”
When all the votes were counted in November, the President-elect won 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232. Under state law, he was replaced, and the alternate voted for Clinton. After a fraught election, some have called on electors to vote against their state results. “We’ll see what happens.”
While Trump has claimed he won in a landslide victory, that description is inaccurate. Some have since called on electors to vote against their state results, after Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots nationwide. 17, 2016, in Mobile, Alabama. But that has never happened. Heightening the tension in recent weeks has been that Clinton actually won the popular vote by about 3 million ballots nationwide — making Trump the worst-performing winner in the popular vote since 1876. Lawmakers can technically object — in writing, with objections signed by at least one House and one Senate member — to individual electoral votes or entire states’ results. Asked if he actually expected any outcome other than 29 votes for Trump, Democracy Spring’s Maxwell Frost sighed. The electors, chosen by state parties of the candidate who carried each state, will convene in all 50 state capitals and the District of Columbia. If Clinton were to reach 270 in that far-fetched scenario, she could become President. In Minnesota, one elector was disqualified after declaring he would vote for someone other than his state’s winner, Clinton. Donald Trump has surpassed the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College, the next step in the official process to become President. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, whose state was won by Trump, tweeted a picture of the ballot for electors in his state. Response to Trump Presidency Includes $10-Million Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants Facing Deportation
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Some Opt for Other Candidates as Electoral College Officially Selects Trump as President Vice President Joe Biden will preside over the count. But mass defections of electors would be extremely unlikely. Protests had popped up around the country Monday as frustrated Americans sought one last opportunity to stop the candidate they opposed. Elsewhere in the country, Americans protested near electoral voting sites in a last-ditch plea to stop Trump’s election, despite the high unlikelihood of success. He was put over the top by electors in Texas. It featured a ballot for Trump as President and Mike Pence as vice president. The Electoral College results will be officially certified January 6 during a joint session of Congress. If no candidate reaches 270, the House of Representatives would hold a vote when Congress reconvenes in January. While electors are technically chosen to independently cast their ballots for president, both precedent and, in most cases, state laws require them to abide by the people’s vote in each state. He is expected to garner just 56.9% of the electoral vote, assuming all electors vote according to their states’ results. Three cast ballots for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one backed Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American activist who’s been involved in the North Dakota pipeline fight. If the House and Senate support that objection, the vote or votes in question are thrown out. The electoral votes will be officially counted on January 6, when Congress returns. There have been a handful faithless electors in past cycles, though never enough to change the outcome of the race. The 538 men and women will be voting primarily in accordance with the results from November in their state. That will give Trump the 44th-largest share of the electoral vote out of 54 presidential elections since the modern system started in 1804.