Around 5:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Trump reached his 270th Electoral College vote to become the 45th US president, according to the Associated Press. Texas put Trump past the threshold, with 36 of its 38 electors voting for him to reflect the results of the state’s November election results. Two “faithless” electors in the Texas delegation voted for former Texas Congressman Ron Paul and Ohio Governor John Kasich, both Republicans.
In the state of Washington, four electors pledged to Clinton did not vote for her, instead opting for Colin Powell, who received three votes, and Faith Spotted Eagle.
With just Hawaii’s four electoral votes pending around 6:00 p.m. EST, Trump reportedly garnered 304 votes to Clinton’s 224, the Associated Press reported. Clinton is expected to win the remaining four votes.
Ahead of Monday’s vote, 306 electors were anticipated to vote for Trump, while the other 232 were pledged to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile protests are underway at capital buildings across the US as Electoral College members vote to elect Donald Trump as the 45th US president.
Over 30 rallied in Minnesota’s state capitol chanting “Not my president.”
Over 100 protesters turned out in Washington state, occupying the steps of the capitol with signs reading “Honor the 2.8 million voters,” “Nyet Trump,” “Electoral College Vote Your Conscience,” and “Trump is an existential threat.”