The Electoral College Votes for Donald Trump as the Next President

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With all the speculation that the electors would go against the will of the people and choose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, it seems like this speculation was wrong. On Monday, members of the Electoral College got together to vote for the next President of the United States. They are typically obligated to vote based on who the people in their states voted for, and it looks like most of them did just that.

President-elect Donald Trump got more than the required 270 votes needed by the electors of the Electoral College to win the presidency. On Election Day, he had won 306 electoral votes and Hillary Clinton had won 232 electoral votes. These numbers were a little off on the Electoral College’s voting day, as 304 electoral votes went to Trump and 224 went to Clinton. There were only 10 electors who did not honor the candidates chosen in their states, so they voted for other people. As a result, Trump lost 2 votes and Clinton lost 8 votes.

Trump’s 304 electoral votes means he will officially be the next U.S. president, despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes. This comes out to over 2 whole percentage points when you do the math. No other winning candidate had lost the popular vote by this much since the presidential election of 1876. Of course, Trump claims that if it were a popular vote election then he would have campaigned differently and gotten more votes. He also claimed that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, so he technically won the popular vote if that is true. However, there is no evidence that millions of people voted illegally.

On January 6th, the results of the Electoral College will be certified officially as the Congress conducts a joint session on that date. Vice President-elect Mike Pence congratulated Trump on Twitter with the following message: “Congratulations to @RealDonaldTrump; officially elected President of the United States today by the Electoral College”

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