Electoral College to convene next week, vote-in President-elect Donald Trump

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is busy building his Cabinet and planning his agenda, but he isn’t really, officially going to be President quite yet. One of the peculiarities of American democracy is that it’s actually a group of 538 “electors” — members of the Electoral College — in this nation of 318 million who actually pick the president.

They’ll do it, meeting in their respective states, on December 19th. And despite fervent pleas by Democrats to abandon Donald Trump, few of the Republican electors appear to be in the mood for an insurrection.

This most untraditional of elections is on course to end in a traditional way Monday — with a ticket to the White House for the president-elect.

The Associated Press interviewed more than 330 electors from both parties and found little appetite among Republicans for peeling away from Trump. And Democrats, while widely aggravated about the electoral process, have little expectation that he can be stopped.

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