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Nick DiCeglie: “I’m casting my vote for Donald Trump”

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Just in case there was any doubt, Electoral College member Nick DiCeglie says yes, he’s still voting for President-elect Donald Trump. The Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman spoke with reporters Sunday night before Monday’s Electoral College meeting in the Capitol. He’s also sure none of his colleagues will be defecting, either. “The state party selects all the electors and they do that very carefully,” DiCeglie said. “I have 100 percent confidence that Donald Trump will get 29 electoral votes tomorrow,” the number of Florida’s GOP…

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Martin Dyckman: Hillary Clinton, Democrats must now live with futile victory, anachronism

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Late on the afternoon of Oct. 8, 1966, the Florida State University football team was trailing its archrival, the University of Florida, 19 to 22. With 26 seconds remaining, FSU quarterback Gary Pajcic threw a 45-yard pass to the visitors’ end zone. Lane Fenner, a wide receiver fresh off the bench, had outraced two Florida defenders and the nearest official. Newspaper photographs clearly showed Fenner scoring the game-winning touchdown, clutching the ball with one knee on the turf a yard…

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Darryl Paulson: Getting schooled on the Electoral College

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Going into the 2016 presidential election, virtually all political pundits and pollsters projected an easy victory for Hillary Clinton. Several of the most respected pollsters gave Clinton an 85 percent chance of defeating Donald Trump. Highly respected presidential scholar Larry Sabato projected that Clinton would win 347 electoral votes to Trump’s 191. As we now know, Trump won 290 electoral votes to 232 for Clinton with Michigan’s 16 electoral votes still undecided. Although Trump won the electoral majority and the…

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Donald Trump opponents try to beat him at the Electoral College

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Grassroots campaigns have sprung up around the country to try to persuade members of the Electoral College to do something that has never been done in American history — deny the presidency to the clear Election Day winner. Activists are circulating online petitions and using social media in hopes of influencing Republican electors to cast their ballots for someone other than President-elect Donald Trump and deprive him of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become the next occupant of…

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Martin Dyckman: Our ‘flawed’ Electoral College, mistrusting the people

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When the news flashed on Facebook before the election that Queen Elizabeth II had offered to take us back, some people failed to recognize it as one of Andy Borowitz‘s deft satires from the New Yorker. And some, I’m sure, now wish it were true. Afterward, a friend in Britain wrote to offer refuge — many thanks, Bob, but not yet — and remarked that “there must be a flaw in a system which produces such an outcome.” He was…

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Joe Henderson: It all comes down to unpredictable, inexplicable Florida

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You know Florida is important. You know our history with elections. And you know the nation, along with every late-night comedian, will be glued to everything that goes on within our borders on Election Day, ready to scream foul play at anything that looks askew. We know all this. But why us? Floridians are good people. We didn’t ask to be under the microscope like this every four years. Why can’t they just let us run our elections in peace?…

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My electoral college prediction: Hillary Clinton 304, Donald Trump 234

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Were I a betting man— and Alan Suskey can tell you I am not — this would be my prediction for how the electoral college vote turns out. Hillary Clinton 304, Donald Trump 234. Here is a quick rationale: Nevada should have gone for Trump. In fact, I am surprised Sheldon Adelson and the boys aren’t making it happen. But Jon Ralston, who is basically the Marc Caputo and the Adam Smith of the Silver State, says Trump is dead there…

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