The Libertarian Party’s 1988 presidential nominee Ron Paul received an electoral vote today from a faithless Texas elector as the Electoral College met to officially elect Donald Trump the next president.
Paul, a former Republican Congressman who twice ran for president as a Republican, left the party in 2015 and changed his registration back to the Libertarian Party. He is a lifetime member of the party. Paul is the first Libertarian to receive an electoral college vote since John Hospers, the party’s first presidential nominee who received a vote from faithless elector Roger MacBride in 1972. MacBride later served as the party’s next presidential nominee.
As of 5:30 pm CST, three other individuals received votes from faithless electors. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell received three votes in Washington pledged to Hillary Clinton. Amerindian activist Faith Spotted Eagle received one from Washington as well. Ohio governor John Kasich received a vote from a faithless elector in Texas, who like the Paul elector, was pledged to Trump.
Ballot Access News earlier reported a faithless Maine elector voted for Senator Bernie Sanders, but, upon revote, the elector voted for Clinton. An elector in Minnesota who also wanted to vote for Sanders, was replaced.
UPDATE: A faithless Hawaii elector pledged to Clinton voted for Sanders.