Louisiana electors to cast votes for Trump

December 19, 2016 - 12:50 am
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Today, Louisiana's 8 electors will cast their votes for President-elect Donald Trump. 

Scott Wilfong is one of those electors. He says it's an honor to cast his vote for the people of Louisiana, as he has done once before for Mitt Romney in 2012.

"It makes you realize just the power of the republic. We're 300 million people, and in the end the elader of our country comes down to 538," Wilfong said.

Wilfong says each elector will cast his or her ballot in their respective state capitals today. He says the votes will then be sent to Washington, where the new Congress will read them when they convene in January.

"The president of the Senate will open all of our votes in a joint session of Congress and will announce the results, and actually the man who will declare Donald Trump as president is Joe Biden," Wilfong said.

Wilfong says he and other electors have received hundreds of phone calls, emails, and letters asking them not to vote for Mr. Trump. But he says it would be a disservice to the people of Louisiana to go against their votes. However, he does expect some electors will be swayed.

"With that much pressure, I would imagine two or three people probably will pull off and won't vote for Trump, but I don't see any way Donald Trump doesn't get at least 300 electoral votes, which is way more than he needs," Wilfong said.
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