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When Trump Win Big, People Started To Reaffirm His Winning
The Electoral College affirmed Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president Monday as electors across the country rejected a bid by a group of Democrats to spark a rebellion and overturn the Nov. 8 election results.
Trump surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to claim the presidency when electors in Texas cast their ballots, according to a running tally by the Associated Press.
“The official votes cast by the Electoral College exceeded the 270 required to secure the presidency by a very large margin, far greater than ever anticipated by the media,” Trump said in a statement. “This election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible.”
On Twitter, Trump thanked his supporters and wrote that he “officially won the election (despite all of the distorted and inaccurate media).”
The 538 Electoral College members gathered in legislative chambers, secretary of state offices and state libraries to cast the ballots that send the billionaire businessman and first-time politician to the White House. Those votes will be counted formally and announced Jan. 6 during a joint session of Congress in Washington, two weeks before the presidential inauguration.
The normally sedate Electoral College gatherings drew intense interest and some protests this year because of a bid by a small group of electors to block Trump from the White House.
The attempt to deny Trump the presidency by trying to convince Democratic and Republican electors to back someone else injected more rancor in an already divisive political year, while offering a capstone for a 2016 presidential election that will go down as one of the oddest in American history.
Part of the impetus for the move was that Democrat Hillary Clinton, who ran up big margins in populous states like California and New York, beat Trump by at least 2.8 million ballots in the nationwide popular vote. It was the largest gap ever for a candidate who didn’t win the White House.
In his statement, Trump called it “a historic electoral landslide,” though his percentage of the Electoral College would rank the victory only 46th out of the 58 U.S. presidential elections.
But the presidential election is a state-by-state contest and Trump won 30 states that together have 306 electoral votes, 36 more than the 270 needed to win. Clinton carried 20 states and the District of Columbia, for a total of 232 electors.

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