Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on 8/31/16. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0).
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0).

While Donald Trump, based on the popular vote in each state and the District of Columbia, won enough electors to win the Presidency of the United States it did not become official until the Electoral College voted today.

Despite attempts to sway Republican electors to cast their ballot for someone else Donald Trump won the electors needed when Texas put him over the 270 needed. He received 304 electors.

Iowa’s six GOP electors voted according to the popular vote in Iowa and voted for Donald Trump.

Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann, in a press conference call before the electors voted, called the calls to the electors as nothing more than “background noise.” He said, criticizing former Democratic candidate Jim Mowrer who started a PAC supporting the National Popular Voting compact, how anyone who cares about Iowa could oppose the Electoral College as Iowa would literally become “flyover candidate” for presidential candidates.

So far there have been six faithless electors with four being Democrats and two being Republicans.

In Texas one faithless elector was expected, a vote for John Kasich, but an additional elector’s vote for Ron Paul was unexpected. In Texas electors are currently unbound.

At the time of this writing only four had their votes count and they were in Washington State where they face being charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1000.

One elector in Maine tried to vote for Bernie Sanders was ruled out-of-order and then changed his vote to Hillary Clinton.

Two Democratic electors – one in Colorado and one in Minnesota were replaced with alternates.

The push for faithless electors by the left was more an effort to try to disrupt and discredit the Electoral College than it was to prevent Donald Trump’s election. In the end it was much to do about nothing.

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