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Sunday 25 February 2018

Electoral college expected to resist pressure to abandon Donald Trump

Electoral College member Rex Teter, from Texas, leaves little doubt as to his allegiance (David J Phillip/AP)
Electoral College member Rex Teter, from Texas, leaves little doubt as to his allegiance (David J Phillip/AP)

The Electoral College will soon convene and few of the Republican electors appear to be in the mood for an insurrection, despite fervent pleas by Democrats to abandon Donald Trump.

This most untraditional of elections is on course to end in a traditional way on Monday - with a ticket to the White House for the president-elect.

The Associated Press interviewed more than 330 electors from both parties and found little appetite among Republicans for peeling away from Mr Trump.

And Democrats, while widely aggravated about the electoral process, have little expectation that he can be stopped.

Republican electors report getting tens of thousands of emails apiece and plenty of phone calls and letters from people urging them to break with tradition and cast votes for someone else.

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