What a day! It looks very much as though the coup has FAILED.
Here is the latest vote tally as of 4:10pm ET:
- 265 electoral votes had been cast for Trump,
- 160 electoral votes had been cast for Hillary Clinton.
More Electors Mutiny Against Hillary: Three Cast Votes For Colin Powell, One For "Faith Spotted Eagle"
19 December, 2016
Adding insult to injury, not to mention humiliating loss, following the first "faithless elector" to emerge earlier in the day in Minnesota, and who voted for Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton, a drama broke out in Washington State, where Stop Trump protesters gathered at the Statehouse in Olympia before the noon vote.
That wasn't the drama: what was, however, is that according to AP, after the vote, "Democrat Hillary Clinton received eight votes, former Secretary of State Colin Powell got three, and Faith Spotted Eagle, an elder in the Yankton Dakota tribe, got one. Clinton won the state's popular vote."
More details from AP:
Four members of the Electoral College in Washington state cast their votes for a candidate other than Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the state's popular vote.
It's the first time in four decades the state's electors have broken from the popular vote for president. Washington's 12 electors met Monday afternoon in the state Capitol to complete the constitutional formality. Clinton got eight votes while other candidates got the remaining four.
Elector Bret Chiafalo, who earlier in the day said he planned to vote for Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said that he ultimately changed his vote to former Secretary of State Colin Powell after conversations with other Washington electors. The exact breakdown of the other four votes wasn't immediately known, although at least one vote was cast for "Faith Spotted Eagle."
In last month's election, Republican Donald Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232, though Clinton's tally will now be lower.
The four were only the most recent "faithless electors" to emerge by voting against Hillary: earlier in the day, the same thing happened with one elector in Maine, one in Minnesota and one in Colorado. Those votes were changed and registered for Clinton.