Will Electoral College Vote Trump? Russia Hacks, Popular Vote, Faithless Electors Could Reverse Results
The following is an excerpt from CHRIS RIOTTA | December 19, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
The Electoral College could reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election when it votes on Monday, handing a White House victory to Hillary Clinton. It would be one of the most unprecedented political incidents in American history, and nothing short of a future storyline made for "House of Cards."
There's only a moonshot chance of that happening, however. The former secretary of state would need at least 37 electors to change their votes from President-elect Donald Trump to her when the College casts their ballots for the next president of the United States on Monday afternoon. Any other event would ultimately result in Trump eventually assuming power come Inauguration Day, including whether a handful of "faithless electors" decide to switch their vote for another more formidable GOP candidate. However, as the U.S. intelligence community, including the C.I.A., now reports the Russian government definitively participated in cyberattacks to sway the presidential election in favor of Trump’s candidacy, electors and the majority of the public are calling for a delay in the College’s vote.
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