Regardless of challenges around the nation to urge GOP voters to forsake the Republican, the Electoral College formalized Donald Trump’s race triumph as the president-elect effortlessly piled on the 270 discretionary votes required. USA TODAY NETWORK
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will — officially — become president next month.
Trump surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed from 538 electors casting their ballots, in a day of normally ceremonial voting that drew attention amid intense social media pressure and protests in state capitols.
Despite a last-minute push by outside progressive and Libertarian groups, there was no rebellion. In fact, most of the “faithless” electors appeared to be Hillary Clintondefectors in Washington state, with three voting for former secretary of State Colin Powell and one for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American an environmental activist. Two Texas GOP electors went rogue and didn’t vote for Trump.