This presidential race isn’t over. The Electoral College hasn’t voted yet. And the electors aren’t obligated to vote for the candidate of their party’s choice.
So the question arises. Could “faithless electors” change the outcome?
What if between now and when the Electoral College votes Dec. 19, something happens: Donald Trump says or tweets something outlandish, another tape or woman comes forward, a WikiLeak, a tax revelation, unlawful or questionable business deals?
In the fallout, 21 of Trump’s 290 electors decide not to vote for Trump after all: a few from Florida, one or two from Wisconsin and Ohio, a contingency from Pennsylvania with a collective change of heart; just 21, enough to deprive Trump of the 270 electoral votes required to be elected President. Those faithless electors wouldn’t necessarily vote for Hillary Clinton, just not for Trump. Both candidates would have fewer than 270 electoral votes and the winner would then be decided in the House of Representatives.
And what if those 21 faithless electors voted for Clinton. Could there be another 21 Clinton converts somewhere in the Electoral College to get her to 270?
Could it happen? Possible, but not likely. Nothing like that has ever happened in the Electoral College. But this race has been like no other, and it won’t be over until the last Electoral College ballot is cast next month.
Check out this article and video on how the Electoral College works.