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Electoral College Elects Donald Trump 45th President of United States

HeadlineDec 20, 2016

In the United States, protests broke out across the country as the 538 electors of the Electoral College met in their respective state capitals and voted to elect Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States. Trump scored 304 votes—well over the threshold of 270 votes necessary for him to become the next president. His Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, won 227 votes. This is Pennsylvania elector Tina Pickett.

Rep. Tina Pickett: “The basis of this is the people’s vote. The people voted, and they placed their vote, as they should and had a right to, on November the 8th. And that is the basis of the vote that we placed today, in my mind. I placed that vote for the people of Pennsylvania who voted in a certain way.”

On November 8, Trump won Pennsylvania by less than 1 percentage point. As the electors met inside, hundreds of protesters gathered outside state capitols across the country, including in Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine and Pennsylvania, where 12 immigrant rights activists were arrested during an anti-Trump rally as they demanded the closure of the Berks family detention center. In the lead-up to Monday’s meeting of the Electoral College, millions of people had called on the electors to refuse to vote for Donald Trump. There were 5 million signatures on one petition alone. But in the end, only two Republican electors, both from Texas, broke ranks and voted against Trump. In fact, more Democratic electors ended up voting against Hillary Clinton, instead casting three votes for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, one vote for Vermont senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and one more vote for Yankton Sioux Nation leader Faith Spotted Eagle of South Dakota, who is part of the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline.

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