The results of this year’s presidential election gave Donald Trump 306 electoral votes compared to Hillary Clinton’s 232. Since only 270 are needed, Trump was declared the winner. However, as of this writing, several media sources had identified as many as eight electors who are supposed to be committed to vote for Trump but who have said they will not vote for him when the Electoral College convenes on December 19. If that is true, then these electors need to find 29 more to do the same in order to stop Trump from being declared the 45th President of the United States on that date. However, even if the anti-Trump forces are able to coble together the 37 “faithless” electors they need to stop a Trump victory in the Electoral College, that still doesn’t mean they will stop him from becoming the next president.
Here’s the problem. Of the eight faithless electors that have been identified so far, all of them say they are going to vote for Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican who competed against Trump in the presidential primaries this year. In order for Clinton to be elected president, she would need to have at least 37 of Trump’s electors switch to her. If that doesn’t happen but at least 37 of them switch away from Trump to someone else, then the election would be decided by the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Republicans. They would almost certainly reverse the effects of the faithless electors and vote for Trump. If, for some strange reason, they rejected Trump, they would select another Republican, perhaps Kasich, but certainly not Clinton.