Donald Trump Seals Electoral College Victory, Officially Becomes 45th US President

Tyler Durden's picture

It's finally over: Donald Trump has secured 304 Electoral Votes following the Texas vote (with 2 faithless electors), officially securing the presidency of the United States.  Of course, the now official President-Elect Trump took to twitter to confirm the victory:

Texas' 36 electoral votes for Trump pushed him over the edge at around 4:30 Central Time, even though two rogue electors' defections deprived Trump of one of those votes. That gave Trump 304 total electoral votes.

A quick recap of the day's events from the WSJ:

Members of the Electoral College meeting in state capitals across the country on Monday confirmed President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, ending a last-ditch campaign to deny him the presidency. Mr. Trump amassed at least 270 electoral votes on Monday afternoon—enough to officially become the president-elect over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, according to a tally of votes by the Associated Press.


Typically just a formality, this year’s Electoral College vote attracted an outsize amount of attention after a group of mostly Democratic electors made a late push to block Mr. Trump’s path to the White House. They argued the Electoral College had a constitutional duty to act independently of the will of the voters in extraordinary circumstances. Protesters gathered in several state capitols across the country to encourage electors to reject Mr. Trump.


Four Democratic electors in Washington state broke ranks—with three casting ballots for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one for Native American activist Faith Spotted Eagle. In the vice presidential vote, the Washington vote was even more unusual, with electors casting votes for a trio of female U.S. senators: Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Maria Cantwell of Washington and Susan Collins of Maine. Another elector cast a ballot for Winona LaDuke, an environmental activist.


Several other attempts by electors to cast ballots failed. The Associated Press reported that attempts by Democratic electors in Colorado and Maine to vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders failed. In Maine, the elector was ordered to vote again, while in Colorado an elector was replaced.

The final count:

  • 304 Trump
  • 228 Clinton
  • 3 Powell
  • 1 Kasich/ Paul

The statement released by the GOP on Trump's victory:

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For those following today's Electoral College vote, here is the latest vote tally as of 4:50pm ET:

  • 268 electoral votes had been cast for Trump,
  • 160 electoral votes had been cast for Hillary Clinton.

Moments ago, Montana cast 3 votes for Donald Trump which means he is two Electoral votes away from being elected president of the United States.

Those looking for surprises in today's vote will be disappointed, at least so far: All of the electors in Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Idaho, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida, Michigan, Utah, Wyoming, Missouri and North Dakota voted for Trump, as per their states' votes on Election Day. Illinois, Vermont, Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado and Oregon have all backed Clinton, in line with their states' votes.

Trump also won a vote from one of Maine's two congressional districts, which awards a vote to the popular vote winner. Clinton received the other three, as per the results on Election Day. Eight of Washington state's 12 electors voted for Clinton--but four went rogue, two voting for Colin Powell and two voting for "faith spotted eagle" according to the AP, as reported earlier.

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Courtesy of AJC, here is a running tally of who has voted so far, and how, as well as any notable incidents during the day.

  • Texas cast all but 2 of their 38 Electoral votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 5:30 PM EST Donald Trump has been elected president as he passes 270 Electoral votes.
  • Dec 19, 2016 5:19 PM EST Texas should be reporting its vote in minutes, according to reports.
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:54 PM EST Nevada has cast 6 votes for Hillary Clinton
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:54 PM EST Nevada has cast 6 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:52 PM EST California will begin voting at 5 p.m. ET. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in California.
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:44 PM EST Montana has cast 3 votes for Donald Trump. He is two Electoral votes away from being elected president of the United States.
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:36 PM EST From the Associated Press: "A couple of hundred protesters are gathering outside the California state Capitol ahead of Monday's Electoral College meeting."
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:30 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 265 votes; Hillary Clinton has 160 votes. There are 109 votes pending.
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:25 PM EST Iowa cast 6 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:12 PM EST From The Associated Press: "Democrat Hillary Clinton received eight votes, former Secretary of State Colin Powell got three, and Faith Spotted Eagle, an elder in the Yankton  Dakota tribe, got one. Clinton won the state's popular vote."
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:10 PM EST Prior to the vote of the last handful of states -- Texas included -- the only faithless electors have been Democrats.
  • Dec 19, 2016 4:08 PM EST Massachusetts cast 11 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec. 19, 2016 4:05 PM EST Iowa, Montana and Nevada began voting at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:59 PM EST Alaska has cast 3 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:49 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 256 Electoral votes; Hillary Clinton has 135 votes. There are 143 votes pending.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:46 PM EST New Jersey cast 14 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:47 PM EST Four Democratic voters in Washington chose not to vote for Hillary Clinton, becoming "faithless" voters. Clinton took the other 8 votes in the state. Three Democratic electors have tried to be "faithless" by not voting for Clinton. One in Maine, one in Minnesota and one in Colorado. Those votes were changed and registered for Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:42 PM EST Colorado has cast 9 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:29 PM EST Nebraska electors cast 5 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:22 PM EST Missouri has cast 10 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:10 PM EST The Maine elector who voted for Bernie Sanders has his vote ruled "improper." He has switched the vote to Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 3:03 PM EST Voting began at 3 p.m. in Alaska, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Texas and Washington.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:50 PM EST The Second District of Maine cast 3 votes for Hillary Clinton. The First District of Maine cast 1 vote for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:48 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 240 Electoral votes; Hillary Clinton has 115. There are 183 pending.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:37 PM EST Oregon has cast 7 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:34 PM EST From the AP: "Maine Democratic elector casts vote for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for president instead of Hillary Clinton."
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:32 PM EST Ohio cast 18 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:31 PM EST Wyoming cast 3 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:25 PM EST New Mexico cast 5 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:25 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 224 votes; Hillary Clinton has 103 votes. There are 211 votes pending. A candidate needs 270 votes to be elected president.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:22 PM EST Electors in North Dakota cast 3 votes; Idaho cast 4 votes; Utah cast 6 votes and Kansas cast 6 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec. 19, 2016 2:21 PM EST Florida cast 29 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:21 PM EST Michigan casts 16 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:19 PM EST Minnesota cast 10 votes for Hillary Clinton after Muhammad Abdurrahan, a "faithless voter" refused to vote for her and was replaced by an alternate
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:10 PM EST The Michigan electors have asked to read a statement into the record.
  • Dec 19, 2016 2:00 PM EST At 2 p.m. ET, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming will begin voting.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:47 PM EST From the AP: Protesters shouted, cried and even sang "Silent Night" as Wisconsin's 10 presidential electors cast their ballots for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:45 PM EST Minnesota elector refuses to vote for Hillary Clinton, is dismissed under state law; alternative will vote instead
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:44 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 179 votes; Hillary Clinton has 93 votes. There are 266 votes pending.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:32 PM EST Alabama has cast 9 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:28 PM EST All 10 Maryland electors cast their vote for Hillary Clinton via voice vote.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:21 PM EST Wisconsin has cast 10 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:20 PM EST Kansas has cast 6 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:15 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 154 votes; Hillary Clinton has 83 votes. There are 301 votes pending.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:14 PM EST Louisiana has cast 8 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:12 PM EST Oklahoma has cast seven votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:10 PM EST South Dakota has cast 3 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:07 PM EST Former President Bill Clinton was the first person to cast a ballot for his wife in New York's Electoral College vote.
  • Dec 19, 2016 1:01 PM EST Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota and Wisconsin began the Electoral College voting process at 1 p.m.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:59 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 125 votes; Hillary Clinton has 83. There are 330 votes pending.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:58 PM EST Virginia has cast 13 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:56 PM EST Applause then boos in Pennsylvania state house as announcement of 20 votes for Donald Trump is made. Yelling continues from those in the gallery.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:50 PM EST The Boston Globe is reporting that an elector from Maine intends to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders. No vote from Maine recorded yet.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:47 PM EST Rhode Island cast all it votes - 4- for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:45 PM EST North Carolina has cast 15 votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:44 PM EST New York has cast 29 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:42 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 90 votes; Hillary Clinton has 37 votes. There are 411 votes left to be cast.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:39 PM EST Delaware and Connecticut have cast 3 votes, and 7 votes, respectively, for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:37 PM EST Georgia has cast 16 has for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:30 PM EST The count: Trump has 74 votes; Clinton has 27 votes
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:21 PM EST Arizona cast 11 Electoral votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec. 19, 2016 12:15 PM EST Indiana cast 11 votes Electoral votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:09 PM EST Thus far, all electors have voted as pledged.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:05 PM EST Set to vote at noon are: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Virginia.
  • Dec 19, 2016 12:02 PM EST Pennsylvania has 20 Electoral votes. Donald Trump won the state on Nov. 8.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:49 AM EST Pennsylvania will be voting at the top of the hour.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:33 AM EST The count: Donald Trump 55; Hillary Clinton 27
  • Dec. 19, 2016 11:32 AM EST Vermont has cast 3 votes for Hillary Clinton for president.
  • Dec. 19, 2016 11:30 AM EST Oklahoma has cast 7 ballots for Donald Trump; Arkansas has cast 6 ballots for Trump; Mississippi has cast 6 votes for Trump; South Carolina has cast 9 votes for Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:27 AM EST West Virginia has cast 5 Electoral College votes for Donald Trump.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:25 AM EST Illinois has cast 20 Electoral votes for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:23 AM EST The count: 11 electoral votes for Trump; 4 for Clinton
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:20 AM EST Votes are being tallied in Illinois now.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:19 AM EST Protestors have gathered ahead of Electoral College votes in Wisconsin and Virginia.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:06 AM EST Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and South Carolina have begun the voting process.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:02 AM EST Illinois' Electoral College voters are preparing to vote. The Illinois EC process is being broadcast on CSPAN. There are 20 Illinois electors.
  • Dec 19, 2016 11:00 AM EST New Hampshire's four Democratic Electoral College electors say they will be voting for Hillary Clinton.
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:56 AM EST A group of actors have called on Electoral College voters not to vote for Donald Trump. Here's their video.
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:48 AM EST Tennessee has 11 electoral votes. Donald Trump won that state on Nov. 8
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:40 AM EST President-elect Donald Trump won 68.5 percent of West Virginia's popular vote.
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:35 AM EST Writer, director Michael Moore tells GOP electors if they choose not to support Donald Trump and are fined under their state's law, he will pay the fine
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:31 AM EST Four of the six Mississippi electors tell The Associated Press "they're firmly committed to voting for Trump." One declined to answer questions from AP, but he's a longtime donor to Republican candidates, the AP reported.
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:29 AM EST Protesters in Indiana are protesting inside of the capital because temperatures are in the single digits outside, one said.
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:21 AM EST Here's what the voters will be doing today: Electors meet in their respective states and cast and count their votes for the offices of president and vice president. They do this on separate ballots. That vote is recorded on a “Certificate of Vote,” and it, along with the “Certificate of Ascertainment” (the list of candidates who appeared on the ballot on Nov. 8 along with the names of the electors assigned to each candidate) is sent to the Congress and the National Archives as part of the official record of the 2016 election.
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:18 AM EST The rules on how to vote and what will take place is being read in the state chambers where voting has begun.
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:09 AM EST Voting has begun in Indiana. Donald Trump won the popular vote in Indiana.
  • Dec 19, 2016 10:01 AM EST Electoral College voting has begun now in Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee, West Virginia and Mississippi.
  • Dec 19, 2016 9:10 AM EST 538 Electoral College voters will choose a president and a vice president on Monday.

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JLee2027's picture

All those Celebrities should now learn to keep their mouths shut. They had NO IMPACT at all.

lakecity55's picture

I have a general list of them in my head. No money to them, I will be avoiding their movies and TV shows.


Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

1) we should all make an effort to put a snide comment, especially one linking to ZH, at huffpo, slate, the Nyt and WaPost..

2) special request: be nice to see an article in re, or simply for people to post the BEST EXAMPLES of SJW/Leftist meltdowns and weeping etc.

shit makes me laugh.

oh and Eiwik the Cuck:

fuck yourself.


fatlibertarian's picture

Russia hacked the electoral college! lol

Wilcox1's picture

Thank God. Americans are a little bit closer to having a chance now.

Handful of Dust's picture

Who in Texas besides that jackass Surprun went rogue?

lakecity55's picture

Don't know yet, but I guess there will be two at the necktie party!



dexter_morgan's picture

Well at least he had the decency to go for ron paul, so just a caning for him. 

Bismarckrises's picture

Its official: Move to Canada snowflakes

reader2010's picture

Finally here is the guy who has guts to get us the war with China.

Hata Mari's picture

Finally, here is the guy who has the guts to regain the respect we lost from China.

Fixed it for ya!

Honestly, as China's largest consumer, I can't see them being that dense as to start war with us. Ever heard the expression 'Don't bite the hand that feeds you?'

wacky47's picture

All that nonsense and crap about switching electoral votes down the drain! And Hillary ended up losing more votes than Trump......PRICELESS!

Handful of Dust's picture

Bankers, Hollywood, the MIC Soros, etc must have thrown over $1 Billiobn easily at this election but Americans finally won out.


My faith in the system is beginning to return, esp now that it's no longer illegal to put up a Christmas Tree.

Berspankme's picture

Now arrest Hilary

Van G's picture

Seriously I am very pleased that Trump won the presidency in the US. I live in Singapore. It is important that the US have a strong leader for the betterment of the entire world. Obama is preceived as a weak and worthless leader. Idealism is one thing, but when it is based on obviously flawed world-views (e.g. man-made global warming), it becomes more than just a risk, it becomes a danger to the whole world. 

CHoward's picture

Thank you Van G from Singapore.  Here in the U.S. Obama is ALSO seen as a weak and worthless leader.  I totally agree with your entire statement.  Take care!

Handful of Dust's picture

Everyone at the Bath House and on the golf course also thinks Barry is limp-wristed and a weak leader.


All agree!

PS: Is Singapore still as wonderful as it used to be in the 1980's when I lived there?

johnwburns's picture

Massive but start looking for the next incarnation of treachery. For starters the Putin did it rant will intensify. Who the fuck knows what else. 

One Eyed Jack's picture

Hey Martin Sheen and the rest sad pussies that made your demands on YouTube. America has spoken again and said "GO FUCK YOURSELF!"

Skiprrrdog's picture

Well, now maybe we can stop talking about Bill Clinton's wife (forget her name...), and focus on what SHOULD be a pressing issue, and that is to IMPEACH Obobo when he gets back from Hawaii...

Overdrawn's picture

Yeahhh No war with Russia.  Congratulations President Trump, America & the whole wide world -:) -:) -:)

We Are The Priests's picture

We're not out of the woods yet on this front.  However, with the confirmation of Trump's Presidency by the electoral college, the command structure of the military--not the Joint Chiefs and bureaucratsat at the Pentagon--and the Patriot factions of the intelligence community will likely mutiny from Obomber should he give the order to shoot.

We still have to be worried about those rogue elements, but according to statements made Steve Pieczenik on Friday, we don't have to worry too much.  I laughed my ass of when he called Obomber and his ilk. "eunuchs."

We Are The Priests's picture

Nothing is official until he is sworn in on 1/20/17.  Until then, anything can happen.  Expect the Globalist tantrum of Full Spectrum Retard to continue and escalate.  Let's not forget that they are capable of and willing to do anything to maintain their hold on power.  Stay vigilant.

KuriousKat's picture

If I were first order of business would be to defund Biggly  the CIA for impersonating Russians.

gmak's picture

Let the salt mining by SJWs begin.  What's that saying?  "I bathe in the tears of cucks and SJWs".

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Dec 19, 2016 5:54 PM

OT the comments here at ZH is riddled with spoofs and AI bots ,would it be best to publish a list of these for the unwary or is it best not to let them, it know we are on to them?

bardot63's picture

Let 'em waste their time.  They are all going to hell when they die anyway.

juicy_bananas's picture

Thank fuck.  I'm a true Jeffersonian liberal not one of these fake communist leftist cucks and I voted Trump.  Merry Christmas and MAGA bitchez

SirBarksAlot's picture



bardot63's picture

Once again, ZH has the news before anyone else. 

Stu Elsample's picture


Hey...Hillary Klinton...suicide is now your only hope if you don't want to see Mr. Trump being sworn in as President.

bardot63's picture

I will supply the ammo.  I think 12 ga is appropriate. 

YourAverageJoe's picture

She needs a good strong dose of FEAR

JBPeebles's picture

Time to reopen the Clinton investigation. She had her chance to go quietly. Instead she and that mol Podesta are still mouthin off about the Russians.

Then there's the mainstream media. Their lies and 77% anti-Trump bias. (That number comes from a study that showed 77% of the articles appearing in the mainstream media were negative towards Trump.)

You can keep your propaganda and censorship in the cities, Clinton supporters. The rest of the country doesn't want your crap.

Now as for the bankers. It's time to start prosecuting them like any other criminal. Trump knows who the bad guys are.

Oh, and by the way, if you ever sabotage a primary the way you did to Sanders, we will do this all over again. I don't care if Hitler gets in as a result--it's on you, Wasserman and your diabolical, Trump-enabling clutch.

Not that I love the man but it just became necessary to do this. Now maybe if you quietly count the primary votes stuck in some warehouse in California, we can begin the first steps of reconciliation. But you need to know you did this, establishment. Bad establishment gets punished, which is gonna come next.

We need to start yanking the pigs off their respective troughs. Oink and squeal they will, as they fattened themselves there for a while now.

Let's go ahead and drain the swamp. Nobody can stop that now. Let's get a reasonable immigration policy. Crime-free immigrants--the vast majority--can stay. And I'd argue sanctuary is a vital part of fighting crime in comunities with undocumented immigrants. This doesn't mean we have to fling open the gates or build a physical wall although that may be good use of funds if the people who protect our borders think so.

We've got a lot of cleaning to do. Some will need detail work but a lot just needs a hose.

bardot63's picture

Lock her up -- lock her up -- lock her up~!~~! 

Atomizer's picture

Congratulations Donald Trump and your entire family. Our appreciation also goes out to all campaign staff working behind the scenes. 

We look forward to the January 20, 2017 festival. 


Mr & Mrs Atomizer 

bardot63's picture

Hell, I'm looking forward to the State of the Union Address.  Higher audience than any SuperBowl, especially one where Kapperknit might attend as a waterboy.

Rocco May's picture

Congratulations to all Trump voters!

bardot63's picture

You can get off your knees now, Hillary.  We know when we're licked.


Welcome to the 45th POTUS TrumpO the AssClown, America!


Up yours, America!

bardot63's picture

Enjoy your fucking nightmare, mr. master of assholes.  You're finished.  No one here at ZH cares what shit you post from here on (or even before today). 

Fourth Horseman's picture

Go have your fucktard LIBTARD tempertantrum somewhere else you asshole cultural marxist.




Stu Elsample's picture

it was a pleasure to vote for Mr. Trump.

Your favorite coughing cunt is now nothing more than a douche nozzle for Huma

We Are The Priests's picture

Dude, you really need to serve some Bleach Bit with that kind of visual.

skunzie's picture

Time for you to melt away little snowflake.

Tenshin Headache's picture

and here I thought the day couldn't get any better.

Who's an AssClown now?

Vin's picture


The left is not a "loyal opposition", they are socialist traitors that need to be eliminated.