For weeks the story has been that so-called “faithless electors” would jump ship against President-elect Donald Trump, but that’s hardly what we’ve seen today as Trump secured his historic victory. In fact, one third of Washington’s electors went against Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
One-third of Washington’s electors did not vote for Clinton despite her winning the state last month, making them the only “faithless” electors to have their votes officially count in their state’s final tally. Out of Washington’s 12 total Electoral College votes, eight went to Clinton, three went to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one went to Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American elder who has been opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota.
BREAKING: WA Electoral college presidential results: 8 votes Hillary Clinton, 3 votes Colin Powell, 1 "Faith Spotted Eagle"
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In addition to the presidential situation, the vice presidential vote may have been even more scattered as electors decided to throw their votes over to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and American indian activist Winona LaDuke, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
A $1,000 fine was in place for faithless electors in Washington, but that didn’t deter these individuals from making history with a couple of firsts in the state — Powell as the first Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1984 to get an electoral vote for president in Washington while Collins became the first Republican woman to receive an electoral vote for either president or vice president in the very blue state.
The faithless electors in Washington also had the distinction of being the first electors today to successfully vote against the winner of the state’s popular vote.
CNN reported Monday evening:
Trump received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 224. Six “faithless” electors voted for other candidates, costing Trump two votes and Clinton four. And Hawaii’s electors are still set to meet later Monday, with the state’s four votes expected to go to Clinton.
Trump released a statement about the win:
This election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible. With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the president of all Americans. Together, we will make America great again.
Despite all the whining from the left and the Never Trumpers, President-elect Donald Trump will by the 45th President of the United States come Jan. 20, 2017.