Nebraska Electors cast their vote

Posted at 8:52 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 21:52:05-05

President elect Donald Trump inched closer to the white house as 538 electors nationwide cast their votes Monday, making his presidential victory official.

The process was clear cut, Nebraska electors voted at 2pm  inside the governors office unanimously for Donald trump as president, officially marking the state red. 

An effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the president-elect came to practically nothing and the process unfolded largely according to its traditions.

Trump's polarizing victory Nov. 8 and the fact Democrat Hillary Clinton had won the national popular vote had stirred an intense lobbying effort, but to no avail. Even one of Trump's fiercest Republican rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said it was time to get behind the president-elect. "We want unity, we want love," Kasich said as Ohio's electors voted to back Trump at a statehouse ceremony. Kasich refused to endorse or even vote for Trump in the election.

Despite the noise outside state Capitols, inside, the voting went pretty much as planned.

A joint session of Congress is scheduled for Jan. 6 to certify the results of the Electoral College vote, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding as president of the Senate. Once the result is certified, the winner — almost certainly Trump — will be sworn in on Jan. 20.