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Electoral College Updates: Trump Crosses 270, Ending "Faithless Elector" Hail Mary

Electoral College Updates: Trump Crosses 270, Ending "Faithless Elector" Hail Mary

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Dec. 19 2016 5:30 PM

Electoral College Updates: Trump Crosses 270

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Scott Greges, 35, dressed as Joseph Stalin, holds a marionette puppet of Donald Trump, joining protestors demonstrating outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building before electors arrive to cast their votes from the election at December 19, 2016 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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The Electoral College has long been but a mere formality. Was that the case again on Monday? Pretty much! While a handful of faithless electors did create some excitement, the ultimate outcome remained unchanged: Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. Congress will vote to certify those results early next month, and then Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. Below are updates from the day's electoral action.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.