Massive Faithlessness in the EC
Steven L. Taylor
Monday, December 19, 2016
Trump received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Seven “faithless” electors voted for other candidates, costing Trump two votes and Clinton four. Hawaii’s votes — three for Clinton and one breaking from the state’s results and supporting Bernie Sanders — were the last to be counted.
I think I predicted 3, and we ended up with 7! Amazing.
(And yes, mucho sarcasm here).
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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It’s kinda a metaphor for how this election went: Democrats put all this effort into encouraging Republican electors to not vote for Trump, and after spending all the money all they accomplish is convincing a bunch of Democrat electors to not vote for Clinton.
Yes. Ironic isn’t it?
There was never anything to these EC stories except the supposedly liberal MSM’s need for a story.
@Stormy Dragon: It was a lot easier for Clinton’s electors to make a statement, since their votes didn’t matter anyway.
Have any of you ever seen Mike Judge’s movie “Idiocracy”?
Well, America is there now.
@gVOR08: There was a good bit of liberal fantasizing and denial going on as well.
@Steven L. Taylor: It will still piss Trump off to lose two Electoral votes from his “Massive, Historical, Electoral Vote Landslide.” Those two Republicans were very brave because they can expect a world of harassment going forward this next month.
@al-Alameda: Well, America is there now.
There is a Mike Judge analogy that fits America but it’s not that. It’s how Judge went from the guy who made a movie about the hell of employees dealing with idiot bosses to the guy who made a movie about the hell of bosses dealing with idiot employees.