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Trump's Michigan Win Brings His Electoral College Vote To 306

Trump's Michigan Win Brings His Electoral College Vote To 306

Depending on which candidate wins the plurality of the votes from a given state, that slate of electors will be the slate that casts their vote in that slate.

States elect their leaders by direct vote.

The Michigan Secretary of State has posted the official presidential vote county showing that Trump won the battleground state by almost 11,000 ballots.

The Electoral College system has come under fire because Trump, a Republican, won the presidency despite losing the popular vote.

Some electors told Politico that they were attempting to persuade some of their Republican colleagues in the body to vote for someone other than Trump, but they would need at least 15 additional electors (and likely many more) to sway the race.

The vote will not become official until the Electoral College convenes on 19 December, and the 538 members cast their votes - with a petition launched to ask the EC to vote for Clinton rather than Trump.

This year, Clinton scored large tallies in states like California but Mr Trump won most of the so-called swing states, which ultimately decide the outcome of elections. In 2000, then-Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote but lost to former President George W. Bush.

The group is working to lobby their Republican counterparts to also be "faithless electors", hoping to illustrate a lack of confidence in the entire Electoral College system.

FactCheck.org explains how the Electoral College works: "When U.S. citizens go to the polls to "elect" a president, they are really voting for a particular slate of electors".

Much of that lead was generated by California, where Clinton had 3.7 million more votes than Trump in the last totals reported Tuesday evening.

One elector, Michael Baca said in a statement that he wouldn't vote for Trump.

The debate has started again as to whether the US Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process. The truth is: to get rid of the Electoral College requires a constitutional amendment, a 2/3 vote of the House and Senate and a 3/4 vote of state legislatures. MI went to the Democratic candidate five times out of the last five presidential elections, according to election tracking website 270 to win.