Leftists and some disgruntled Republicans have been pressing members of the Electoral College to forgo the popular vote of their states, specifically where Donald Trump was victorious, and cast their vote for someone else.
A group of celebrities even made a video appealing to the electors sense of duty to vote against Trump.
“Our Founding Fathers built the electoral college to safeguard the American people from the dangers of a demagogue, and to ensure that the presidency only goes to someone who is, to an eminent degree, endowed with the requisite qualifications,” actor Martin Sheen said in the video, published by the group Unite for America.
For the effort to be successful, 37 GOP electors would have needed to defect. With only about 150 electors defecting since the founding of our country, that would have been a very tall order. After all the protests, all the appeals, it was all for naught.
The Texas delegation convening at the statehouse in Austin put Trump over the top Monday in a secret ballot.
Thirty-six of the 38 electors voted for Trump. Chris Suprun announced ahead of time that he would vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Another cast their ballot for former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.
Suprun explained his reasoning in a column for The Hill:
I’m gravely concerned that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped Trump win the Republican primary, in addition to the general election. In light of the mounting evidence of foreign influence undermining our election, delegates to the Electoral College should have been briefed by the CIA.
Suprun came under fire recently for exaggerating his service during the September 11 attacks.
Mike Pence was put over the top in a subsequent vote by the Texas electors for vice president, taking 37 votes. Businesswoman and former GOP presidential nominee Carly Fiorina took one vote.
The vote was delayed as several electors needed to be replaced by those who were ineligible or did not show up.