Donald Trump officially crossed the line to 270 electoral votes with electors in Texas casting a ballot for the Republican shortly before 5:30 p.m. EST.
Calls for Trump to be voted down by members of the Electoral College were roundly ignored on Monday – with only two ‘faithless’ Republican electors rejecting the president-elect and four deserting Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Several more electors tried to ditch the Democratic loser, in an effort to pressure Republicans into doing the same and selecting a more moderate GOP president.
Trump applauded his victory when that scheme didn’t work and flaunted it in front of the media.
‘Today marks a historic electoral landslide victory in our nation’s democracy,’ he said in a statement to reporters. ‘I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next President of the United States.’
‘The official votes cast by the Electoral College exceeded the 270 required to secure the presidency by a very large margin, far greater than ever anticipated by the media,’ he added.
He also took to Twitter to confirm his victory, writing: ‘We did it! Thank you to all of my great supporters, we just officially won the election (despite all of the distorted and inaccurate media).’
Congress will certify the Electoral College vote on January 6 and Trump will be sworn in on January 20.
David Bright of Maine was supposed to back the Democratic loser but announced he would defy the wishes of the state’s voters and back Bernie Sanders, her primary opponent.
He was later told he’d be replaced by another elector if he made that move, so decided to vote Clinton instead.
In Minnesota an elector who was supposed to choose Clinton refused to vote and got replaced.
Another ‘faithless’ elector, this time in Colorado, got replaced when he cast a vote for John Kasich instead of Hillary Clinton.