>> Trump opponents fall short in a last ditch attempt to deny him the presidency. I'm Andy Sullivan at the White House, where Trump is now certain to take office in January after members of the Electoral College officially ratified his November 8th Victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Even though Clinton got nearly 3 million more votes than he did.
In most years this would be a mere formality attracting little attention, but members of the Electoral College are coming under intense pressure this year as Clinton supporters argued that Russian hacking affected the outcome of the election. And that they should do whatever it takes to prevent Trump from taking office.
>> No Trump!>> Many of them saying they've been bombarded with letters, emails and even death threats ahead of Monday's vote. Protestors taking to the streets as well.>> Elect to protect!>> Only a handful are going rogue. In Texas, one Republican elector voted for Ron Paul, and one voted for John Kasich.
In Washington State, three electors voted for Colin Powell, and one voted for Faith Spotted Eagle instead of voting for Clinton, who won the state. The Electoral College is a holdover from the earliest days of the United States, when the Founding Fathers decided they needed a few barriers in place to keep the will of the people in check.
So they decided that voters wouldn't actually pick a President. They'd vote for a handful of people in their state, who would then cast their votes. Usually this isn't an issue, as the Electoral College almost always lines up with the actual popular vote. But not this year. Clinton won the popular vote, but Trump won the Electoral College.
The same thing happened in 2000, when Democratic Al Gore won the popular vote, and Republican George W Bush won the Electoral College after the Supreme Court stopped a recount in Florida. Regardless of the outcome, more people, including President Obama, saying the system is outdated and needs to be changed.
That would require amending the Constitution, a difficult task given that many small states benefit under the current setup. Still, if the system is kept in place as it is, it could lead to more split votes and further frustrations.