The Electoral College Has Spoken: It's Trump

He walks with 304 of the expected 306 electoral votes
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2016 5:11 PM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2016 5:58 PM CST
The Electoral College Has Spoken: It's Trump
Electoral College member Joe F. Sanderson votes for Donald J. Trump on the ballot of presidential elector during the formal casting of the electoral votes in the 2016 General Election for President and Vice President of the United States at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The revolt was infinitesimal: Of the 306 electors pledged to vote for Donald Trump, 304 did, officially giving him more than the 270 electoral votes needed to become president. Politico reports the two who opted for someone other than Trump were both from Texas: One cast a ballot for John Kasich, the other for Ron Paul. The New York Times reports four Democratic electors in Washington state did not vote for Hillary Clinton but instead opted for Colin Powell (3) and Faith Spotted Eagle (1).

That's six total who didn't vote for their party’s nominee, which the Times reports is tied for No. 1 with the 1808 election as the most ever. The six isn't too far off from the 10 or fewer faithless electors most of the 160 Republicans and Democrats "insiders" surveyed predicted. Trump marked the milestone on Twitter with the following: "We did it! Thank you to all of my great supporters, we just officially won the election (despite all of the distorted and inaccurate media)."

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