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Arizona's 11 Electoral College members cast votes for Trump

Arizona's representatives in the Electoral College met Monday morning in Phoenix, with all 11 signing their names for President-elect Donald Trump, as expected. The Republican stalwarts were named by their party prior to the November election, which was won in Arizona by Trump.

None of the state's 11 electors publicly expressed any wavering sentiment about casting a vote for Trump, with some — including Bruce Ash, a Tucsonan who sits on the Republican National Committee — blasting back at those who tried to pressure them to change their votes.

The electors met at the State Capitol complex in Phoenix. In addition to Ash, they included Walter Begay Jr., GOP National Committeewoman Sharon Giese, state party Chairman Robert Graham, state party Sergeant at Arms Alberto Gutier, Jerry Hayden, Carole Joyce, Jane Lynch, Foster Morgan, James O’Connor and Edward Robson.

When voters went to the polls Nov. 8 they didn’t actually elect the president – they elected the 538 members of the Electoral College who will do that job, one elector for every member of Congress and three for the District of Columbia. They are generally bound to vote for the candidate who won their state.

Although he lost the popular vote, Trump won enough states to amass 306 electoral votes, well over the 270 needed to win the presidency, if not nearly the "landslide" he has claimed his win to be.

Unlike many states that bind their electors to cast ballots for the winning ticket in the state, Arizona has no such law. But Jennifer Steen, associate research professor in political science at Arizona State University, said they probably didn’t need a law to bind them.

“Most of them are people who have been faithful to their political parties,” Steen said. “The kind of people chosen to do this are chosen because they’re loyal to their political party.”

There is one more step in the presidential election process: federal law requires Congress to review and tally the electoral votes on Jan. 6, with Vice President Joe Biden overseeing the largely ceremonial event. Trump is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

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Cronkite News reporter Aida Chavez contributed to this report.


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Arizona's Electoral College members cast their votes for Donald Trump on Monday.