Posted: 5:34 pm Monday, December 19th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
While demonstrators made their voices heard at Electoral College gatherings all across the country, their plea to individual electors to rebel and drop Donald Trump went absolutely nowhere, as Hillary Clinton was actually the candidate who had more electors refuse to vote for her, with the final outcome moving President-Elect Trump one step closer to the White House.
The biggest group of rogue electors was in Washington State, where three of them cast votes for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one voted for a native American environmental activist named Faith Spotted Eagle, instead of Clinton.
Hillary Clinton wins 8 WA electoral votes. 4 "faithless" electors votes for others
— Secretary of State (@secstatewa) December 19, 2016
Appear to be four faithless electors, three voting for Colin Powell, one for Faith Spotted Eagle.
— Graham Johnson (@GrahamKIRO7) December 19, 2016
Washington State also cast four electoral votes for someone other than Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine.
Correction on VP votes: 8 for Tim Kaine, 1 for Elizabeth Warren, 1 for Susan Collins, 1 for Maria Cantwell, 1 for Winona LaDuke.
— Graham Johnson (@GrahamKIRO7) December 19, 2016
Also not voting for Clinton was one elector in Hawaii; that vote instead went to Bernie Sanders, meaning Clinton lost five Electoral Votes.
Hillary lost another one for a total 5. The last of the votes came in from Hawaii and only 3 out of 4 are still with her. #ElectoralCollege
— kusmeti (@kusmeti) December 20, 2016
Overall, there were electors in five different states who tried not to vote for Clinton – in Hawaii, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota and Washington State.
Laws on the books in Colorado and Minnesota did not allow electors there to switch their vote away from Clinton; instead the two electors were replaced with someone who followed the vote outcome from those states.
— Dylan Wohlenhaus (@DylanWohlenhaus) December 19, 2016
In Maine, one Clinton delegate tried to vote for Bernie Sanders, but that was ruled out of order and not allowed.
1 ballot not cast for Trump or Clinton. Has been ruled out of order by elec College president
— MaineSOS (@MESecOfState) December 19, 2016
After listening to repeated calls for Trump backers to throw the election in the House of Representatives, GOP critics of Clinton were chortling at the turn of events.
I'm glad even Democratic electors understand the absolute moral imperative of burying Hillary Clinton.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) December 19, 2016
Insta-poll: Will Trump taunt Hillary on Twitter when she ends up losing more EVs than he does?
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) December 19, 2016
How ironic. At the end of the day, the faithless elector campaign hurt Clinton the most. Time to end the pity party & support the Pres-elect
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) December 20, 2016
It was not the outcome that opponents of Mr. Trump had envisioned in recent weeks, as they desperately tried to convince electors to abandon the President-Elect.
In many states, there were protesters on hand, sometimes in the actual room where the voting took place, holdings signs that included “Unpresidented,” “Grab Him in the Vote,” and “Don’t Let Putin Win!”
Some chanted, some yelled, some stayed silent – others bitterly denounced the outcome, like this woman in Wisconsin, who screamed at the electors, “You don’t deserve to be in America!”
— Bill Ruthhart (@BillRuthhart) December 19, 2016
In Pennsylvania, people shouted “Shame!” from the galleries as the vote was announced; the chair of the proceedings dryly noted that the objection should be placed in the record.
— Tracy Maher (@tracym) December 19, 2016
While Clinton electors were the ones making more noise, supporters of Mr. Trump stuck with him through the day of meetings in state capitals all around the nation.
All six iowa electoral college votes for Trump pic.twitter.com/dWJcnFlA3T
— Todd Magel (@ToddMagelKCCI) December 19, 2016
— Steve Walsh (@Stevewalsh2010) December 19, 2016
— James Hogge (@JD_hogge) December 19, 2016
The state that put Trump over the top was Texas, which has developed into a reliable Republican stronghold for the GOP in Congress.
But – there were two Republican electors from the Lone Star State who refused to vote for Trump – one voted for former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the other for Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.
BREAKING: Donald Trump wins more than 270 Electoral College votes to formally become president-elect pic.twitter.com/LzUxHZISg1
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) December 19, 2016
As the vote was announced, you could hear demonstrators in the background, just part of the scene on Monday, as the Electoral College signed off on the election win of President-Elect Donald Trump.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.