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Electoral College: Monday's Results Cement Trump's Presidency

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The seven Connecticut presidential electors, seen at white table at top left, prepare to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in the Senate Chambers in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 11:33 AM

The electoral college vote Monday went off with few surprises and various protests, as real estate mogul Donald Trump officially received enough votes to become the 45th president of the United States.

While there were questions as to how many electors Trump might lose in the electoral college vote, the biggest surprise of the day was that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, lost more — four electors in liberal Washington state compared to two for Trump, according to The Washington Post.

As a final step, Congress will meet Jan. 6 in the House chamber to hear the results from the electoral college.

It was Texas that pushed Trump over the threshold 270 electoral votes for the win, Politico reported. But two electors there did not vote for Trump — Christopher Suprun voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich while an unknown elector voted for former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

One Texas elector, Art Sisneros, reportedly resigned out of protest against Trump, according to The Texas Tribune.

"Hours ahead of Monday's meeting, anti-Trump protesters began gathering outside the Texas Capitol," according to Texas Tribune writers Patrick Svitek, Bobby Blanchard, and Aliyya Swaby. "By the time the meeting began, hundreds of protesters had shown up at the Capitol, organized by both national and local groups to put pressure on Texas electors. They brought signs linking Trump to Russian president Vladimir Putin and encouraging electors to 'vote your conscience.'"

In Washington state, four electors bolted from Clinton, according to the Seattle Times. Three of the electors voted for Colin Powell, the former Army general who served under Republican President George W. Bush as his secretary of state.

One elector, who Politico identified as Robert Satiacum, voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American elder and South Dakota activist.

The Washington Post said that Trump finished with 305 electoral votes to Clinton's 232. The Post pointed out that Clinton managed to lose more electoral votes than Trump despite the fact that she won the country's popular vote.

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