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

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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
  • 1 FAITH SPOTTED EAGLE

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

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Earlier:

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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cbxer55's picture

Don't you like, uhh, have a safe space to go occupy? What's keepin ya!!

gmak's picture

You are a bigot and a bully. Your time of evil and destruction is done.

shimmy's picture

Some coup.

I'm surprised by this since I was fully expecting that video from washed up and C list celebs to make these electors change their vote. I mean they are celebrities after all and everyone should do what they say.

The ego on those in hollywood is mind boggling. Of course they will just double down like the MSM has and not clue in nobody gives a fuck about what they have to say.

fellatio is not fattening's picture

wait wait, you mean to say that George Clooney and Hippo Runfree (large black woman) aren't actually the people who study politics and make relavent insightful fornications?  err forecasts??  Then who can we trust?

restelle's picture

Meanwhile, Jill Stein is STILL taking recount donations.  WTF?

skunzie's picture

Shows she just wants free money!

buzzsaw99's picture

because i like money. [/frito, idiocracy]

Handful of Dust's picture
Nigel Farage: Attempts to Change Electoral College Vote 'Disgusting'

 

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Nigel-Farage-Electoral-College-Changes-V...

knukles's picture

Godspeed, Good Health and Govern Wisely, Mr President.

skunzie's picture

Amen Knuckles!  Well said.

bpj's picture

it will be interesting to see if the MSM turns down the volume and frequency of the Russian hacking narrative.

RightLineBacker's picture

I can already see the headline on the NYT:

Donald Trump "Steals" Electoral College Victory, Unofficially Becomes 45th US President.

Volkodav's picture

     how Putin wake up today:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFGmnqEiG3I

 

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

Not my original idea but, Will someone please send our 45th president a Colt 45 engraved, "To President Trump, from "The Deplorables"

I got $50 towards it.

 

 

cat2005's picture

I don't think the Secret Service would take too kindly to that!

One-Eyed-Thong's picture
One-Eyed-Thong (not verified) cat2005 Dec 19, 2016 6:42 PM

he said a gun....not a bullet

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

Yeah, Bush got a rifle if I remember right.

 

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) ThrowAwayYourTV Dec 19, 2016 6:53 PM

No, see...Bush WANTED a rifle, but his uncle Dick told him "You'll shoot your eye out, kid".

W is a mongoloid. Nobody would give him a rifle.

sessinpo's picture

Ho hum, no surprise there. Big surprise will be after Trump is inaugurated. Deflation wave coming

fellatio is not fattening's picture

Here in Nevada we do it right 

  • 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.

and it still doesn't help the liar in charge

Alananda's picture

So, anyone hear the "fat lady" sing? Oh, wait until January 20, 2017? Damn.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

feelin' knda bad for that Fly, now unemployed,

with millions of Mexican flies buzzing around taking the best shit, damn.

Trump's gotta help that fly......maybe the break room over at Carrier could employ him.

JailBanksters's picture

So the Colleges approves the Public Vote which approved who the Party Voted to be President.

 

HowdyDoody's picture

Maybe they should have waited until the result was in before they ran the stunt to murder the Russian Ambassador. Now they have a pissed off Trump and a pissed off Putin.

Hata Mari's picture

Going to be fun the next few days watching Erdogan dance over this one.

 

Sudden Debt's picture

BOOM BABY!!! BOOM!!

So great a cloud's picture

So great a cloud  Nov 25, 2016 6:01 PM

Another reminder, something will occur and Obama will not transfer power on January 20th.  Not sure what happens but something will take place.  This will be an indicator for everyone to remember these three steps.  Acknowledge God in all you do, take the next right step in front of you and be a sign of hope to your neighbor.  Expect chaos as systems and governments topple.  Take heart and know that towards the end of 2017 we'll be coming out of the storm.  We'll also be at war with China too.  Peace everyone.

Abacus1's picture

On to potential plans F, G, & H: maybe some Christmas chaos, a doozy of a false flag, and then perhaps the climax, January 20th mass hysteria of butt-hurt crybaby leftists running around naked and cuffing themselves to any pole they can find.  The desperation will only intensify.  We all know what Plan I entails.   

dexter_morgan's picture

Ron Paul gets more electoral votes thsn Shill Stein. 

SCHWEEEEET

dlfield's picture

The Hillary defectors make sense, because she didn't have a bats chance in hell, anyway, but who are the 2 dipshits in Texas who failed to vote for Trump?

drexlraw's picture

i'm proud a texas elector voted Ron Paul and not a communist, the other elector, well.... get a rope

dlfield's picture

Oh, I just heard from somebody else too, thanks.  I feel better now knowing it went to Ron Paul!  :-D

We Are The Priests's picture

For anyone who thought the butt hurt whinning and attempts at deligitimizing by the MSM would end with Trump's electoral college vote win, US News & World Report offers early confirmation it won't.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/thomas-jefferson-street/articles/2016-12-1...

g'kar's picture

Congrats Mr. Trump. I might start buying stocks and a new car for the first time since Bill Clinton signed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. After you are seated of course and Obola hasn't put us in the middle of WWIII.

3LockBox's picture

Congrats Mr. President....

Now lock her up, drain the swamp, re-investigate 9/11, end the fed and bring all the fraudsters to justice ASAP.

Fourth Horseman's picture

None of it will happen because the k1kes already have him wrapped around their finger.

They are behind it all.

3LockBox's picture

Perhaps I am being an optimist...

But as an American it is what I am now demanding and expect from the incoming President.

Anything less is a dereliction of his duty and mandate.

Make it happen! Make America great again!

Fourth Horseman's picture

Just read the names and backgrounds of the people he is installing in various positions and also his visits to k1keistan.

Pay attention... It's all around you all you have to do is PAY ATTENTION!

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Fourth Horseman Dec 19, 2016 6:49 PM

What? Kites? What do kites have to do with anything. Wait until March and you can fly your kites all you want to. You might need to get back on your meds.

Fourth Horseman's picture

Meds? You're the one in the Ozone. I can see it quite clearly.

Wait and see and watch what I say happen.

Aubiekong's picture

LOL I find it very amusing to all of the idiots who gave money to stein for her fake recount effort...

restelle's picture

More amusing is that they are STILL donating to Jill Stein as of today.  Go figure...

Duc888's picture

 

 

The best part is every recount pulled in more votes for Trump

 

Ha!

 

Vin's picture

If those two faithless electors signed an affidavit, put them in prison for perjury.

Twee Surgeon's picture

D o they get to keep the bribe money ?

innertrader's picture

FROM EARILER:

  • 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.

 

FIVE VOTE ERROR WITHIN THE ABOVE.

beyondreality's picture

What will be the next stupid liberal anti Trump attack? With the unstable crowd of Hillary lovers anything is possible. Its tough to understand all those that thought Hillary was a good choice but this well funded denial tantrum is over the top!

 

Investigate & jail Hillary & all who broke the law !

cheech_wizard's picture

How Trump's win in the Electoral College is reported by the Huffington Post...

"IT'S OFFICIAL: ELECTORS PICK POPULAR VOTE RUNNER-UP"

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