President-elect Donald Trump cleared a procedural hurdle standing between him and the White House on Monday as he easily surpassed the necessary 270 electoral votes.
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).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2016
Trump received 304 electoral votes, crushing his opponents’ hopes of a revolt among the nation’s electors. Hillary Clinton received just 227 electoral votes.
In an interesting twist, there were seven “faithless” electors who voted for different candidates than the ones they were pledged to — and more defied Clinton than Trump despite the narrative that’s been percolating in the media.
A total of five Democratic electors broke from their state’s results and declined to vote for Clinton, compared to two who declined to vote for Trump.
Four Washington electors abandoned Clinton. Three voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and a fourth voted for “Faith Spotted Eagle.” Another elector in Hawaii voted for Bernie Sanders. A sixth elector in Maine also voted for Sanders initially, but it was ruled improper and he was forced to change his vote to Clinton.
One Texas elector snubbed Trump to vote for Ron Paul and a second Texas elector voted for John Kasich. The New York Times has a handy graphic on the results:
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 19, 2016
The results of the election are set to be certified on January 6th during a joint session of Congress.
Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day took a victory lap for the GOP and urged critics to stop fighting Trump’s election win and accept reality.
“For the good of the country, Democrats must stop their cynical attempts to undermine the legitimacy of this election, which Donald Trump won decisively in the Electoral College with more votes than any Republican since 1988,” she said in a statement.
Clinton’s supporters have pointed to the fact that the Democrat won the popular vote by about 2 percent.
Regardless, Trump will be able to drop the “elect” from his title in a matter of days.