SC Electoral College Members Vote for Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s nine presidential electors have cast their ballots for Republican Donald Trump.

The vote happened during a meeting Monday in Columbia. Protesters’ shouts could be heard outside the meeting as the results were broadcast.

Electors were required by state law to vote for Trump, who overwhelmingly carried South Carolina in November’s general election. But that didn’t stop electors from receiving thousands of letters, emails and phone calls urging them to drop their support for the president-elect.

Protesters gathered Monday at state capitols around the country calling on electors not to back the Republican. South Carolina Democratic Party officials say 1,400 people signed a petition trying 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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