Protests in Portland, Salem as U.S. electors vote Trump as president-elect

Trump protest in Oregon after electoral college votes

SALEM, Ore. – On Monday night, hundreds of people gathered in Portland's South Park Blocks to march in protest of Donald Trump's election. After a rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the protesters began marching just before 8 p.m., chanting "not my president" and "whose streets, our streets!" 

Earlier in the day, about 200 people showed up in front of the state capitol building in Salem to support Oregon's electors and protest Donald Trump's Electoral College win.

All 538 members of the Electoral College met in their respective states Monday to formally elect Trump president. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win. Trump surpassed 270 votes just after 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time, when Texas electors cast their votes. 

Oregon's seven electors cast their votes for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who won the state in the presidential election, and her running mate Tim Kaine.

In Washington, four of the state's 12 electors chose a candidate other than Clinton. Three said they voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell. One vote was cast for "Faith Spotted Eagle," a Native American elder who protested the Dakota Access Pipeline.

For vice president, Clinton running mate Tim Kaine got eight, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Native American activist Winona LaDuke each got one vote.

The Oregon protest group, which met under the name of "The December 19th coalition," was not alone. Similar protests happened all over the country Monday, in an attempt to convince electors to not cast their official votes for Trump, which could keep him from reaching the required 270 votes needed to win the presidency.

“I definitely appreciate everyone being out here today and showing support for our electors, because I do truly feel that Trump is not qualified on many levels to represent us,” said Gena Dwyer, a teacher who was participating in the protest.

“Normally this is a boring formality," said Trevor Phillips, a spokesman for the event. "This is an unprecedented show of support and protest. We’re just here to support democracy and come together.

Elector Frank Dixon, the chairman of the Democratic Party in Oregon, also read a statement Monday denouncing Russia's alleged leak of information that favored Republican Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote but won enough states to send him to the White House in January.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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