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Donald Trump reaches the 270 votes he needed in electoral college to make his victory official, the Washington Post publishes, as the Associated Press counted. Members of the electoral college cast ballots for Trump and declare him as the victor. Trump made his victory after the electors from Texas cast their ballots and ensured he goes over 270 electoral votes.
The Washington Post says results will be officially announced on January 6, next year. Congress would have a special joint session. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had about 3 million-vote lead, but Trump had won electoral college votes. The situation brought the attention to the constitutional gatherings of 538 electors in 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Washington Post writes.
The last step in the presidential election is for Congress to count the votes. As the Washington Post explains, “Official step in the electoral process is for Congress to count the votes.” That formal process of counting in the Congress, according to the 12th Amendment is on January 6.
Four electors defected in Washington State. “Instead of voting for Hillary Clinton, who won the state’s popular vote, three electors voted for former secretary of State Colin Powell and one voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, an environmental activist.” In two other states, electors who tried to defect were replaced with alternates. Possible other defectors could not influence the results, since Trump now has a majority of the electoral votes, the Washington Post writes.