Moment Trump Officially Became President Elect

    Moment Trump Officially

    Moment Trump Officially Became President Elect

    It’s official, Trump beat Hillary a THIRD time!

    Video shows the moment electors in Texas announced President-elect Donald J. Trump has surpassed 270 Electoral College votes, meaning that he has the required number of votes to be elected president.

    Trump Surpasses 270 Electoral College Votes

    ABC News reports: Donald Trump surpassed 270 Electoral College votes this afternoon, meaning that he has the required number of votes to be elected president.

    The milestone came when electors in Texas cast their votes.

    There were 10 electors who did not cast ballots for the candidate they were expected to vote for: eight who were supposed to vote for Hillary Clinton and two who were supposed to vote for Trump but voted for other candidates.

    Four of the electors who were set to vote for Clinton were in Washington state. Three of them voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the fourth voted for Native American tribal leader Faith Spotted Eagle, according to the Washington secretary of state.

    Unlike other faithless electors in Maine, Minnesota and Colorado, which each had an elector try to switch his or her vote from Clinton, the four rogue electors in Washington were able to change their votes. Washington has a law that states that electors will be fined “up to $1,000” for switching their vote against the popular vote result.

    In Hawaii, an elector also switched his or her vote from Clinton to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Like in Washington, electors in Hawaii are able to change their vote, according to the state’s elections office. There is no penalty for rogue electors in Hawaii.

    The two electors who did not cast their votes for Trump as planned were in Texas; one of those votes went to Kentucky Sen. Ron Paul, and the other went to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, both of whom lost their Republican nomination bids in the party’s primaries.

    The final tallies are Clinton at 227 electoral votes and Trump at 304.

    The change in vote tallies comes as the country’s 538 electors met today to cast their votes in the last step of the presidential election. But what is usually a formality took on new significance this year with Trump‘s election and calls for electors to defect.

    In a statement, Trump thanked the American people for “their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next president of the United States.”

    “The official votes cast by the Electoral College exceeded the 270 required to secure the presidency by a very large margin, far greater than ever anticipated by the media,” he said. “This election represents a movement that millions of hardworking 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.”

    In order to win the presidential election, a candidate needs to reach 270 Electoral College votes. Trump passed that mark, garnering 306 electoral votes on Nov. 8, compared with Clinton‘s 232, although he trails her in the popular vote.

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