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Here’s the One Scenario That Could Still Land Hillary Clinton in the White House

Nov 10, 2016  •  Post A Comment

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.”

5 Comments

  1. USE IT AND USE IT QUICKLY!!!!!

  2. Yet you Silver see yourself as fair, honest, compassionate and tolerant. Which is only the case when someone agrees with you completely, no tolerance for anything else.

    Your lack of understanding of how and why the electoral college was set up is appalling, as well as your lack of integrity.

  3. Get over it already people! Donald Trump is your President-to-be and will make a far better leader than Obama has been and exceedingly better than what Hillary would have been. Get ready to see Donals “Make America Great Again!”

  4. Actually 26 states have laws requiring electors to vote as the majority popular vote was cast. In most (could be all) other states electors ‘pledge’ to do the same to the state’s political party. So either breaking a pledge (contract) or violating the law is actionable. Which is why we never see it done. Anyone feeling like fact checking and adding or amending this please do.

  5. Why, oh Why, is TV Week even writing about this? What does this have to do with our industry? Programs, videos, films and entertainment will still get made no matter who the president is. Unless TV Week is taking a political stand?

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