Latest on Electoral College meeting to formally elect Donald Trump the nation’s 45th president

Anti-Trump activists gather outside the Indiana House chamber at the Statehouse before the eleven representatives of the Electoral College gathered to formally cast their votes for President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the Electoral College meeting Monday to formally elect Donald Trump the nation’s 45th president (all times EDT):

2:14 p.m. – North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah have pushed Republican Donald Trump closer to the 270 votes required to win the presidency.

The states’ electors gave Trump 166 electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 96 as protests simmered around the country.

Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789

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2:02 p.m. – A second elector – this one in Minnesota – has refused to cast a vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in Monday’s Electoral College tally.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Muhammad Abdurrahman didn’t vote for Clinton, but he was a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention.

The electors are pledged to cast Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes for Clinton since she won the state.

Abdurrahman was immediately replaced by an alternate who later voted for Clinton.

Earlier in the day, a so-called “faithless elector” in Maine cast his vote for Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Clinton. David Bright said on his Facebook page that he cast his vote for Sanders because voting for Clinton would not have helped her win.

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1:44 p.m. – The latest votes give 10 electors each to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Monday’s Electoral College vote for president. Trump remains far ahead in the formal vote and is expected to win the 270 votes required to win the White House.

Wisconsin’s 10 electors have chosen statewide winner Trump, bringing his total to 144 electoral votes. Maryland’s 10 electors have chosen Clinton, bringing her total to 59.

The former secretary of state won the national popular vote in the Nov. 8 election. Protesters rallied at state capitols around the country to persuade electors to choose someone other than Trump in the Electoral College vote on Monday.

Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

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1:10 p.m. – Electors from Pennsylvania, North Carolina Ohio and Louisiana have given Republican Donald Trump 134 of the 270 electoral votes required to formally win the presidency.

The new total includes 20 votes from Pennsylvania, 18 from Ohio, 15 from North Carolina and eight from Louisiana.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has 43 electoral votes, including 29 from her home state of New York.

She won the national popular vote in the Nov. 8 election, and protesters rallied at state capitols around the country against Trump’s expected victory in the Electoral College Monday.

Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789. That’s far more than the 270 electoral votes required to win the presidency.

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12:45 p.m. – Donald Trump has won 68 electoral votes in Monday’s tally of the Electoral College.

The new total includes all 16 presidential electors in Georgia and eight in Kentucky, as well as electors in South Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Hillary Clinton has 10 electoral votes and as well as the Nov. 8 popular vote. Protesters rallied at state capitols around the country against Trump’s expected victory in the Electoral College Monday.

Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789. That’s far more than the 270 electoral votes required to win the presidency.

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11:59 a.m. – Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Delaware’s three electoral votes – giving her a total of 10 – but she’s still far behind Republican Donald Trump’s total of 44 in Monday’s formal tally.

Clinton won Delaware in the Nov. 8 presidential election as well as the national popular vote. Protesters rallied at state capitols around the country against Trump’s expected victory in the Electoral College Monday.

Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789. That’s far more than the 270 electoral votes required to win the presidency.

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11:36 a.m. – With a win in South Carolina, Donald Trump now has won 44 electoral votes of the 270 he needs to formally win the presidency.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Vermont’s three electoral votes.

Trump on Monday also has won votes in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Clinton won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election. But Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

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11:31 a.m. –  One faithless elector has cast a vote in Maine – for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

David Bright said on his Facebook page that he cast his vote for Sanders, instead of Hillary Clinton because his vote would not have helped her win.

“I cast my Electoral College vote for Bernie Sanders today to let those new voters who were inspired by him know that some of us did hear them, did listen to them, do respect them and understand their disappointment,” he wrote.

Clinton won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election. But Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

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11:30 a.m. – With wins in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia, Donald Trump now has won 35 electoral votes of the 270 he needs to formally win the presidency.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Vermont’s three electoral votes.

Clinton won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election. But Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

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10:29 a.m. – Tennessee’s 11 presidential electors have cast their ballots for Republican Donald Trump.

They were required by state law to vote for Donald Trump, who overwhelmingly carried Tennessee in November.

The vote Monday came with little fanfare. One audience member tried to read out some Scripture before the ballots were cast, but was told he could not speak.

Protesters held rallies at state Capitols around the country, including in Nashville. The group called the December 19 Coalition said it wanted to try to persuade electors to change their minds given the CIA and FBI’s conclusions that Russia interfered in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Trump.

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10:31 a.m. – Vermont’s three members of the Electoral College are the first to report their vote for president.

All three chose Democrat Hillary Clinton, reflecting the state’s vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

The Vermont electors are Gov. Peter Shumlin, state Rep. Tim Jerman and Martha Allen, president of the Vermont chapter of the National Education Association.

New York real estate magnate Donald Trump won the race nationally. But in Vermont, Clinton got 55.7 percent of the vote, while Trump received 29.8 percent.

Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

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10:02 a.m. – Hundreds of demonstrators are gathering on the steps of Pennsylvania’s Capitol building with the faint hope that they’ll persuade the electors not to vote for Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

The sign-waving protesters in 25-degree weather Monday were examples of demonstrations around the country against the Electoral College’s expected selection of Trump as the nation’s 45th president.

Trump won Pennsylvania’s popular vote, which means he gets to pick the people who cast Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. That’s fifth-most electors in the nation.

Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by less than 1 percent in Pennsylvania.

He is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

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3:16 a.m. – Electors are gathering Monday in every state to formally elect Donald Trump president even as anti-Trump forces try one last time to deny him the White House.

Protests are planned Monday in state capitals, but they’re unlikely to persuade the Electoral College to dump Trump. An Associated Press survey of electors found very little appetite to vote for alternative candidates.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.6 million votes. But Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

The AP tried to reach every elector and interviewed more than 330 of them. Despite the national group therapy session being conducted by some Democrats, only one Republican elector told the AP that he won’t vote for Trump.

 

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