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Electoral College makes it official: Trump wins presidency

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    A demonstrator who started shouting was removed from the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress to count the electoral ballots, on Capitol Hill in Washington today. It’s official: Congress has tallied the Electoral College votes and Donald Trump has been elected president.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), left, and Vice President Joe Biden walked through Statuary Hall on their way to a joint session of Congress to count the votes in Washington today. It’s official: Congress has tallied the Electoral College votes and Donald Trump has been elected president.

WASHINGTON >> Congress certified Donald Trump’s presidential victory today over the objections of a handful of House Democrats, with Vice President Joe Biden pronouncing, “It is over.”

House Democrats objected to the votes from at least 10 states, raising issues of voter suppression as well as American intelligence showing that Russia tried to sway the election in favor of Trump. In each case, their objections were denied because they didn’t have the support of any senators.

All 538 electors met in their respective state capitals in December to cast their votes. Today’s vote count made it official. Biden presided over the count in his role as president of the Senate.

Trump finished with 304 electoral votes and Democrat Hillary Clinton got 227. There were seven protest votes for other candidates. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency.

As expected, Mike Pence was elected vice president.

Trump and Pence are to be sworn in on Jan. 20.

As the votes were announced for state after state, Democratic members of the House stood up to object. But in each case, no Democratic senator would join them, and Biden cut them off.

“There can be no debate,” Biden said repeatedly.

Under federal law, if at least one senator and one House member object to the vote from any state, the House and Senate will meet separately to debate the merits of the objection.

Toward the end of the count, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., pleaded for a senator to join her in objecting.

“Is there one United States senator who will join me in this letter of objection?” Waters said to boos from Republicans. None did.

Several protesters were ejected from the public gallery as the vote count concluded.

Trump won even though Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes. His election has generated much angst among Democrats and others who oppose the billionaire businessman. But they have been powerless to change the outcome.

Despite rumblings of a revolt, only two Republican electors — both from Texas — cast protest votes for someone other than Trump. Clinton lost four Democratic electors in Washington state and one in Hawaii.

This morning, Trump went on Twitter to provide another assessment of the election.

“Hillary and the Dems were never going to beat the PASSION of my voters. They saw what was happening in the last two weeks before the (election) and knew they were in big trouble — which is why they cancelled their big fireworks at the last minute. THEY SAW A MOVEMENT LIKE NEVER BEFORE,” Trump wrote.

Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.

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  • liberal democrats still crying over the election even after the electoral votes were counted they better go buy Kleenex tissues, and here in Hawaii all you crybabies in office and those who make comments against trump go to longs drugs Kleenex is on sale for you to buy. AMERICA WON.

  • HIlites in case you missed it:

    “Democratic members of the House stood up to object. But in each case, no Democratic senator would join them, and Biden cut them off.
    There can be no debate,” Biden said repeatedly.

    “Is there one United States senator who will join me in this letter of objection?” Waters said to boos from Republicans. None did.” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (as P.E. Trump would say..she’s a BEAUTY).

    PE Trumpe TWEETED…
    “Hillary and the Dems were never going to beat the PASSION of my voters. They saw what was happening in the last two weeks before the (election) and knew they were in big trouble — which is why they cancelled their big fireworks at the last minute. THEY SAW A MOVEMENT LIKE NEVER BEFORE,” Trump wrote.”

    I say OHHHH YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    January 20th #MAGA

      • she gave the fireworks company that sets off these fireworks for her president election win, but she lost and spent over a 100 thousand of Clinton fund money to pay for it, now that there’s no fireworks she became and indian giver and made them give back her money, so the fireworks company took a loss with all these leftover fireworks, crooked stingy Hillary.

        • no that’s how much it would cost for her display at HHV IT COST ABOUT 5O THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE LESS THAN 5 MINUTE SHOW got the caps on but who cares her fireworks would have been a 10 minute show which would cost more so the company bought the fireworks for her with there money and now no firework and the company is stuck with the loss and can’t get there money back from stingy Hillary.

        • @ 64hoo
          Unreal.
          That company should cut their losses and move on.
          In hindsight any business/anyone who deals with the clintons do so at their own risk…that’s for real…going by history!!

  • Were it not for the outdated and and racist electoral college Waldo would be PE right now. She would be stepping into Barry Hussein’s 3rd term and continuing his fundamental transformation. As progressives are quick to remind us Waldo won the popular election decisively. Not only that the Russians hacked voting machines to favor Trump. All the hopes and dreams for a progressive utopia went up in smoke overnight. Now we have an improving stock market, American companies hiring again, are able to say Merry Christmas, not silenced by political correctness and the climate change hoax is dying a slow and well deserved death and that’s just the beginning. It’s going to be a long 4 or should I say 8 years with republicans as the dominant political party. There’s only one person to blame and his initials are Barry al-Hussein.

  • landslide electoral vote for trump.

    fourth rejection of clinton’s criminal enterprise and the arrogance of her spaghetti les team by american voters.

    democrats are beginning to look like members of the church of scientology, believing whatever their dear leader tells them to believe, isolating themselves from everyday lives of ordinary americans and aggressively attacking and smearing whoever opposes their deluded views. wouldn’t be surprised to find that the entire membership of the church of scientology voted for clinton.

    • liberals there in there cribs with there diapers on sucking there thumbs like crybabies with a box of Kleenex next to them. they will be like that for the next 4 to 8 years.

    • IRT KeoniGohan, me believes that the liberals has finally realized they have lost and cannot reverse the decision of the Electoral College. Now, they will focus on Congress, appointees, Federal Court nominees, and Administrative decisions. And, they will lose on all of them. Yep, a Historic Day on the 20th is fast coming.

  • Trump didnt win. Hillary did. So stick your electorial what ever up your butts. As a clandestine MoH I always refused promotions above flag officer. And this is why. Go Suck It!!

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