Trump and his supporters continually claim the electoral college win is a “blowout” and a “historic landslide.” I suppose it is true. No other Presidential candidate has ever had this kind of electoral win against a woman. All kidding aside, Trump’s victory was not historic, and the GOP is nervous about possible electoral defectors.
37 isn’t just an important number used throughout the movie, ‘Clerks.’ It’s the number of electors who decide not to vote for Donald Trump that brings about a chaotic (albeit temporary) scenario. Trump won the election with 306 electoral votes. If 37 of Trump’s electors don’t vote for him (they don’t necessarily have to vote for Hillary) and choose anybody else, Trump would be left with 269 electoral votes, one short of winning. The election would then go to the House of Representatives where the likely scenario is the House chooses Donald Trump (sorry Evan McMullin – that’s how it will go down).
The GOP is keeping tabs on it:
The Republican National Committee is overseeing an expansive whip operation designed to lock down Donald Trump’s Electoral College majority and ensure that the 306 Republican electors cast their votes for the president-elect.
Two RNC sources familiar with the effort said the committee — with the assistance of state Republican parties and the Trump campaign — have been in touch with most of the GOP electors multiple times, and has concluded that only one is a risk to cast a vote against Trump on Dec. 19, when the Electoral College meets.
The RNC’s elector head count, the sources emphasized, is standard practice in presidential election years. But this year it also serves as an early-warning system for potentially wayward GOP electors amid an intense push by Democratic electors to convince 37 of their Republican counterparts to jump ship. The Democrats are hoping that dozens of GOP electors — many of whom were picked at local conventions and party meetings dominated by Trump’s opponents — are already primed to resist Trump.
State party leaders, the RNC sources said, are in frequent communication with electors through phone calls and letters. They have identified multiple points of contact for the GOP electors and also monitor their social media, all to guard against the prospect of electors voting for someone other than Trump.
The good news for Trump is, most electors are true party people. They want to maintain whatever standing they have within the party, and you can be sure there will be recrimination for individuals who choose to defect.
Still, it’s something to see them watch it this closely.