The 2016 United States Presidential Election did not end on November 8th. Yesterday the Electoral College voted under uncertainty.
The original projected electoral vote for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was 306 for Trump, and 232 for Clinton. Trump won the election due to his surprise win of reliably Democratic states, such as Pennsylvania and Michigan. However, Clinton won the popular vote, and this has caused much controversy.
There was still a chance for Clinton to be elected president. It would probably cause outrage, but the electoral college is different than the popular vote. They can vote independently, even for anyone they want, despite the fact that their state went one way or another. There was lobbying for some of the electors to ditch Trump. However, after the recount vote finished in the Trump swing states, confirming his election by fair means, the electoral college met on December 19th. Most electors voted correctly with their state, as there is a sense of duty to their country, even if they vote for a candidate theydislike. However, many faithless electors voted as well. In Texas, one elector voted for Libertarian Ron Paul, and one for Governor John Kasich of Ohio, one of Trump’s opponents in the primaries. Surprisingly, only two electors ditched Trump while five ditched Clinton, four in Washington abandoning her. Three voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and one for a woman named Spotted Eagle, the first Native American to receive an electoral vote. In Hawaii, one elector voted for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Clinton’s main primary opponent.
The end result is the same, as Donald Trump is still our next president. However, this election has the most faithless electors in U.S. history, with seven. The final total is 304 for Trump, and 227 for Clinton.