While it’s considered an extreme long shot, there’s one scenario that could still result in Hillary Clinton becoming the next president of the United States.
It has to do with the nature of the Electoral College.
“Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 200,000, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president. As of late Wednesday, he had 290 to Clinton’s 228,” The New York Post reports. “According to the Constitution, chosen electors of the Electoral College are the real people who will vote for president, when they meet on Dec. 19 in their respective state capitals.
“However, there is technically nothing stopping any of the electors from voting their conscience and refusing to support the candidate to whom they were bound, or from abstaining from voting altogether.”
The report notes that the phenomenon has a name: becoming a “faithless elector.”
“The idea of electors reversing their vote is rarely discussed — and was most recently bandied about after the incredibly close 2000 election in which George Bush narrowly beat Al Gore,” the report notes, adding: “And electors going ‘faithless’ is exceedingly rare.”