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Electoral college: Formalized Donald Trump's victory

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The Electoral College formalized Donald Trump's election victory on Monday despite protests around the country urging Electoral College voters to change their vote.

The president-elect racked up the 270 electoral votes needed to send him to the White House. KWWL political analyst Chris Larimer explained the heightened interest in the normally mundane voting process. 

"It's a hold-over from all the emotion from the general election campaign," said Larimer. "And a lot of people obviously still clearly upset about the results. But then you also have the investigation from the FBI, from the CIA with potential hacking from Russia with the election. This is their last opportunity with the Electoral College to not only raise a red flag but put sort of put a pause in the process."

Donald Trumps opponents needed just 37 voters to go rogue today. A handful had said they planned to, but despite a last minute push for a different outcome, Donald Trump came out on top. 

All 537 voters met in all 50 states. Larimer said he'd be surprised if there was a dramatic flip. 

"Id be surprised if any state would," said Larimer. "Again, this is a case where you rarely have this. Emotions were running high for this election, there's questions about the legitimacy of the election. If there was Russian involvement. If there was hacking with the process. But, it rarely happens. "    

Larimer said voters turning faithless, those who vote against the outcome of their state, has only happened a handful of times. 

For voters in Iowa, there's no law that binds them to vote with the outcome of their state. 

"There's a question about the integrity of the election," said Larimer. "For those voters who are frustrated by the results, the question about the integrity of the election, this is their last opportunity with the Electoral College vote to not only raise a red flag but put sort of put a pause in the process."

Votes that were cast today will be sent in and opened on January 6th, where they will counted before the new Congress. 

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