Elector Replaced After Refusing To Vote For Clinton

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The 15 members of the North Carolina Electoral College met Monday to confirm Donald J. Trump as the Tar Heel State's choice to be the 45th president of the United States.

The vote also came as Clinton was nearing a three-million popular vote lead against Trump, with 65,844,594 ballots to Trump's 62,979,616, according to Cook Political Report. But Trump lost the popular vote to Clinton by 48% to 46.1% or almost 3 million votes. In order to win the USA presidency, a candidate must secure 270 votes out of an available 538.

Another Texas elector resigned rather than vote for Trump, while a third voted for former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who ran for the Republican nomination in 2008 and 2012.

For all the talk about "Hamilton Electors" - so named because of the founding father's warning in the Federalist Papers against the election of someone not "qualified" to be president or one improperly influenced by a foreign government - even in the highly unlikely case that the Electoral College denies Trump the requisite 270 votes he needs to win, all signs indicate that eventually the Republican-controlled Congress would just make Trump president anyway.

The Republican-controlled Congress, a body even more unlikely to be swayed by pressure than the Electoral College, will certify the vote on January 6. Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign. "This should distress every American". Harvard law professor and onetime presidential candidate Larry Lessig said there were 20 Republican electors considering voting against Trump, but he did not offer any names.

Although there are expected to be protests around the country calling for electors not to support Trump, there is a little indication he won't be given the official vote. "He speaks of retribution against his critics". "I threw them all away". Congress meets January 6 to certify the Electoral College results, and the inauguration takes place January 20.

The president of the Senate is Vice President Joe Biden, who will oversee Congress' electoral vote count on January 6.

"The election of the next president is not yet a done deal". It seems the most likely scenario of all, by far, is President-elect Trump taking over the White House on January 20.

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