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The Electoral College Could Still Deny Trump A Victory

| by Robert Fowler

Several members of the Electoral College are working to overturn the victory of President-elect Donald Trump. The rogue electors have coalesced around Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio as a viable alternative to the business mogul.

Following the Nov. 8 election, a group of Democratic electors -- known as the Hamilton Electors -- hoping to block Trump's ascendancy to the White House have worked to convince their Republican counterparts to vote against the business mogul, Politico reports.

Trump won the presidential election with 306 electoral votes, but his victory is not official until it is ratified by the 538 members of the Electoral College on Dec. 19.

The Hamilton Electors are currently working to convince at least 37 Republican electors to go against their nominee in order to block him from the presidency. The rogue electors have been in contact with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign, although members of the Clinton camp have refused to publicly comment on the effort.

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Both the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have declined to endorse the rogue electors' plan. Former President Bill Clinton, who is a Democratic elector from New York, has given no indication of how he will cast his vote.

"We're really doing this on our own," said Democratic elector Polly Baca of Colorado, an organizer of the Hamilton Electors. "This is something we have to do as electors. This is our responsibility."

The Hamilton Electors had purportedly chosen Gov. Kasich as an alternative to Trump. The Democratic members of the rogue electors are willing to vote for him over Hillary and are lobbying their Republican counterparts to cast their vote for the governor.

"Many Electors are saying that Gov. John Kasich would be best for our country," said Elector Michael Baca of Colorado. "A consensus is beginning to form that Gov. Kasich would be best positioned to unite America."

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Kasich's top adviser, John Weaver, has dismissed the rogue electors' plan.

"There's no question Trump won enough votes in the states to receive over 270 votes when the members of the Electoral College meet," Weaver said. "I'm sure the [Electoral College] will affirm this when it gathers later this month."

Despite winning the Electoral College, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary by a substantial margin. Current vote tallies found that the former Secretary of State garnered over 2.5 million more raw votes, according to NBC News.

On Dec. 2, Professor Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School urged the rogue electors to abandon their plan in an op-ed for Bloomberg View.

"What's dangerous about the appeal to faithless electors isn't that they're going to listen," Feldman wrote. "It's the willingness to propose breaking the basic constitutional structures of democracy at perhaps the most delicate moment for those structures … the solution isn't to break the game."

Sources: Bloomberg View via Omaha World-Herald, NBC NewsPolitico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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