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Can Republican State Legislatures Step In To Hand Donald Trump an Electoral College Victory?

President Donald Trump, who has yet to concede the 2020 election, reportedly has floated the idea of subverting the normal Electoral College process to clinch a second term in the White House.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on November 3, 2020. The 2020 race has been called by several news outlets for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but Trump has refused to concede. The New York Times reported that the president asked his advisers whether it was possible for Republican legislatures to sidestep the popular vote and select pro-Trump electors in key battleground states.


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President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on November 3, 2020. The 2020 race has been called by several news outlets for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but Trump has refused to concede. The New York Times reported that the president asked his advisers whether it was possible for Republican legislatures to sidestep the popular vote and select pro-Trump electors in key battleground states.

The seemingly implausible scenario comes after several news organizations, including the Associated Press, called the race for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. On Friday, projections showed Biden with 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.

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