Despite a last-ditch campaign by Democrats hoping that its members would revolt and keep the Republican billionaire out of the White House, America’s Electoral College has made Donald Trump‘s victory official on Monday.
Normally, this step in a US presidential election is a rubber stamp formality that tends to go unnoticed but not this time.
The country is bitterly divided following Trump‘s shock win over Hillary Clinton, with the Democrat finishing nearly three million votes ahead in the popular tally.
Plus, there’s uproar over allegations of Russian hacking of Democrats during the campaign to sway the vote in favor of Trump.
When US voters cast their ballots on November 8, they did not directly elect the next president but rather 538 electors charged with translating their wishes into reality and Trump won a clear majority of those electors: 306. At least 270 are needed for election.
In most states, electors must vote for whichever candidate won the popular tally in their state.