The US electoral college has confirmed Donald Trump as president, despite a last-ditch effort to deny him the White House. Six weeks after winning the polls, the Republican has secured the 270 votes needed to formalise his victory.
The voting process is usually a formality, but was clouded this year by claims that Russian hackers tried to sway the presidential election. Electors had been flooded with emails and phone calls urging them not to support the billionaire.
The movement to block Mr. Trump had fought hard to convince Republican electors to abandon their party’s candidate.
Millions of Americans signed an online petition to that effect, while thousands of anti-Trump protesters gathered at state capitols across the country.
Texas ultimately put the president-elect over the 270 threshold, despite two of its electors voting against him.
The New York Times reports that four Democratic electors also cast their votes for someone other than Mrs. Clinton.
The result of the electoral college will be officially announced on 6 January in a special joint session of Congress.
In Austin, Texas, about 100 people chanting: “Dump Trump” and waving signs reading: “The Eyes of Texas are Upon You” gathered at the state capitol trying to sway electors.
In the end, Trump clinched 304 electoral votes to Clinton’s 227. The results confirmed Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States.
Reacting to his win, Donald Trump promised to work hard to unite the US and to be the president of all Americans. He said in a statement after the result came in:
“I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next president of the United States.
“With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the president of all Americans.”
The president-elect won the majority of these electors – 306 – although Democrat Hillary Clinton secured almost 3 million more votes from the public.