Many have taken to social media and to streets across the country to voice their displeasure after the real estate mogul secured enough electoral votes to become president-elect.
But there is a last incredibly long shot that could still get Clinton into the White House on Jan. 20 — a twist in the Electoral College.
Though Clinton led the popular vote by about 280,000 on Thursday morning, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president. As of late Wednesday, he had 290 to Clinton’s 228.
According to the Constitution, electors will meet in their respective state capitals on Dec. 19. Typically, they vote for the candidate who won the electoral college votes. If they do this, Trump will win.
The number of electoral votes per state is determined by the number of congressional districts plus one for each senator — a total of 538.
But there is nothing in the Constitution that would prevent any of the electors from refusing to support the candidate who won their state. Or from abstaining. They are dubbed a “faithless elector,” though 29 states ban the practice.
A petition on Change.org is pushing for electors to vote for Clinton instead of Trump. It had more than 175,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.
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