Two faithless electors in Texas cast votes Monday for former Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Ohio Gov. John Kasich instead of Donald Trump, but didn’t do enough to keep Trump from becoming president-elect of the United States.
The two dissenting votes, the only faithless electors against Trump in the whole country, were announced just before 5:30 pm Eastern time by Candace Noble, the chairwoman of Texas’s Electoral College assembly. Noble announced that of Texas’s 38 electoral votes, 36 had gone to Trump while one each had gone to Paul and Kasich. She then announced that Texas’s votes had made Trump the president-elect, setting off cheers in the Texas state capitol building.
The two faithless electors mean that Trump finished with a total of 304 electoral votes, instead of his election night tally of 306. Trump lost fewer voters than his opponent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost four electoral votes due to faithless electors in Washington.
For the vice presidential vote, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence received 37 votes (making him vice president-elect), while one vote went to former tech CEO Carly Fiorina, who was briefly Ted Cruz’s running mate before he dropped out of the Republican primary race.
Texas electors vote by secret ballot, so it cannot be conclusively known which of its 38 electors were faithless. However, elector Christopher Suprun announced prior to the vote that he was planning to vote for Kasich instead of Trump.
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