Electoral College: Could Hillary Clinton Still Be Elected President?

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Is there any chance Hillary Clinton could still win? (Getty)

The Electoral College is voting today, and some voters have been frantically writing the electors, seeking to get them to change their mind. Is their any chance that Hillary Clinton could win?

Here’s what you need to know.

It appears that there is only a very slim chance that Hillary Clinton would walk away with a win. She currently has 232 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 306. She would need to gain 38 electoral votes in order to get the 270 she would need to win. Flipping that many votes is unprecedented in history. There was only one time in history that faithless electors altered the result of an electoral vote. In 1836, all 23 electors in Virginia opted to be faithless. They were pledged to vote for Martin Van Buren and his running mate, Richard Mentor Johnson. But instead, they all refused to vote for Johnson. The Senate decided the election and ended up choosing Johnson anyway.

Even in 2000, when Al Gore had earned 266 electoral votes to George W. Bush’s 271, and Bush only needed to lose two to tie the Electoral College in a hotly contested race, no one flipped away from Bush. Only one elector changed her vote, and she was a Democrat elector who abstained from voting at all.

Democrats and even some concerned Republicans have written letters and emails to Republican electors, trying to convince them to change their vote. But despite receiving thousands of letters, only one Republican elector has committed publicly to switching his vote: Chris Suprun in Texas. Some Democrats, meanwhile, pledged to vote for a compromise Republican candidate as part of a Hamilton Electors group, in hopes of convincing other Republicans to do the same. But even in that situation, 37 electors would need to flip from Trump before a vote could be forced in the House of Representatives.

So the stakes are stacked high against Hillary Clinton in the electoral college today. But as we’ve seen before, 2016 has been a difficult year to predict.

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R. U. Serious

Survey says……….BUZZZZZZZZZZZ!

Poop-run and his buddy are the only two electors who were supposed to vote for Trump but did not. Five electors could not bring themselves to vote for the Hildabeast. It’s great when a campaign to persuade electors to be dishonest backfires. Poop-run was exposed as a liar and a cheater, and the native American got one electoral vote.

Anonymous

I pity the stupid Liberal Democrats for thinking Hillary will be President by forcing states to
change their Electoral votes to Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. How pathetic can
they be. The Democrats remind me of an evil cult. I’m glad this happened, because now
many Democrats will change their party to the Republican party permanently. The Democrats
have finally showed their true colors, not blue on the map, but black which represents evil.
The Democrats don’t want Trump to be President because they know he will make a
great President and make USA great again, and then no one will vote Democrat again.
Just because Hillary won the popular vote, that means nothing. Donald Trump won the
most electoral votes which makes him the next President of the USA.

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