Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Some Conservatives Look to GOP State Legislatures for Electoral College Save; ‘Faithless electors’ Present Scenario That Could Keep Trump in White House

Trump's Hail Mary? Some conservatives look to GOP state legislatures for Electoral College save
President Trump’s reelection prospects looked increasingly grim on Friday, as Democratic challenger Joe Biden took the lead in key states that would deliver a majority of the Electoral College, but some prominent conservatives are urging him to look to the contested states’ Republican-controlled legislatures for salvation.
Trump has vowed to fight on, as his legal team fanned out across the handful of battleground states where the campaign is contesting various aspects of the counting process. “We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification, and that this is no longer about any single election,” the president said in a statement released by his reelection campaign. “From the beginning, we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn."
While the Trump campaign boasted of the “absolute legal killers” on its team of lawyers, which could lead to Bush v. Gore-style litigation in multiple states ahead of an Electoral College vote, if its prospects in court don’t soon improve, it may wind up needing to make its case in a different venue: Republican state legislatures of Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia. This would require convincing these lawmakers that the popular vote counts in their states were fundamentally flawed and that they should assert their constitutional power to name electors.
It’s an idea that has gained some traction in grassroots conservative circles. "REMINDER TO THE REPUBLICAN STATE LEGISLATURES, YOU HAVE THE FINAL SAY OVER THE CHOOSING OF ELECTORS,” tweeted Mark Levin (all caps in the original), a conservative radio and television host, author, and former chief of staff to Attorney General Ed Meese during the Reagan administration.
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s increasingly politically active son, retweeted Levin approvingly, and others have picked up on the strategy. --->READ MORE HERE
‘Faithless electors’ present scenario that could keep Trump in White House:
Remember “faithless electors” — those almost mythical rogues who Hillary Clinton fans once desperately hoped could save them from a victorious Donald Trump four years ago?
Well, there is still such a thing as faithless electors, they are still an incredible longshot, and Trump fans too can now place the very slimmest of hopes in them.
So what are faithless electors again?
As a refresher, when we fill in those ballot ovals to select a president, we are actually selecting a slate of “electors,” human beings who are bound to vote for a particular party’s candidate when they meet next month in their respective state capitals.
For example, the president won Florida’s 29 electoral votes on Tuesday night after a majority of voters there, more than 5.6 million people, filled in the oval for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
But those millions of Floridians were actually voting for their state’s Republican “electors” — 29 party loyalists chosen by their state GOP leaders. --->READ MORE HERE

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