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Anti-Trump members of the Electoral College are still working to defeat him

Originally published on ThinkProgress

HERSHEY, PA – DECEMBER 15, 2016: President-Elect Donald Trump applauds as he walks off stage at the conclusion of a Thank You rally held at the Giant Center. – Editorial Credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com

It’s not over til it’s over.

By Jack Jenkins

A Republican member of the Electoral College who opposes Donald Trump says he and others are still planning on voting against the GOP nominee on Monday, but wouldn’t specify how many electors he thinks will flip.

Republican Elector Chris Suprun, a paramedic from Dallas, told ThinkProgress by phone Sunday evening that he is still working to convince fellow members of the Electoral College to vote against the president-elect on December 19. Suprun, who is the only Republican to publicly pledged to flip against Trump, said he expects others to join his cause.

“I don’t think I’ll be the only vote against Trump,” he said.

Suprun said he had just got off the phone with another so-called “faithless Elector” who is considering a vote against Trump.

“I have no idea who is going to stand by their words,” he said. “But if the people who are in play step out and vote, then tomorrow is going to be an amazing day in America.”

Although Suprun has no plans to support Hillary Clinton, if he and 37 other members of the Electoral College flipped their votes from Donald Trump to another candidate — namely, a moderate Republican — neither Clinton nor Trump would have the 270 votes needed to win.

Such a huge defection would be historic, denying Trump the Electoral College (after already losing the popular vote by 2.8 million) and sending the vote to the House of Representatives.

Suprun has faced harsh criticism from his fellow Republicans since he publicly declared his intention to oppose Trump, a decision he says is rooted in his Catholic faith. He and his fellow anti-Trump members of the Electoral College — known as the “Hamilton Electors” — have an uphill climb: denying Trump 37 Electoral votes is highly unlikely, in part because most Republican Electors are often loyal party devotees. And even if Trump loses the Electoral College vote, it would be extraordinarily difficult to convince the GOP-dominated House to back anyone other than the party’s nominee.

But Suprun has remained steadfast. Even if his efforts fail, Suprun believes the media attention he and others garnered made a significant difference in how the public will perceive both the Electoral College and Trump.

“We’ve already won,” he said. “Right now, the American public is more engaged than it was during the General Election.”

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