Trump passes 270 total votes from the Electoral College

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Sacred Heart University, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Fairfield, Connecticut. (Evan Vucci/AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the Electoral College meeting Monday to formally elect Donald Trump the nation’s 45th president (all times EST):

UPDATE:

Donald Trump secures 270 votes from the electoral college, solidifying his nomination as the 45th President of the United States of America.

4:58 p.m.

Iowa’s six Electoral College voters have cast their ballots for Republican Donald Trump, bringing him within a breath of the 270 votes required to formally win the presidency.

That brings his Electoral College total to 268, while Hillary Clinton’s stands at 166.

She won the popular vote and protests simmered around the country, urging members of the Electoral College to rebel and vote for someone other than Trump.

Trump remains poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

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4:51 p.m.

Three Montana members of the Electoral College have voted for Republican Donald Trump.

That brings his elector total to 262 – just short of the 270 required to formally win the presidency.

Hillary Clinton’s total is 166. She won the popular vote and protests bubbled around the country as pressure mounted for members of the Electoral College to rebel and vote for someone other than Trump.

That didn’t look likely to happen.

But Trump remains poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.

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4:44 p.m.

New Jersey’s 14 electors formally selected Democrat Hillary Clinton for president on Monday, bringing her total to 166 – still behind Donald Trump and the number required to become president.

Trump’s Electoral College total stands at 259, just shy of the 270 he needs to formally win the White House.

Solidly Democratic New Jersey awarded all of the state’s Electoral College votes to the former senator and secretary of state.

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4:18 p.m.

The eleven members of the Electoral College from Massachusetts have chosen Hillary Clinton for president and brought her total to 139.

She won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election, but Republican Donald Trump is poised to win the formal electoral vote to certify the nation’s 45th president. Trump has 256 of the 270 votes required to win the White House.

A few hundred protesters opposed to Trump’s election rallied outside the statehouse earlier in the day, with some calling for a change in the Electoral College that would guarantee the national popular vote winner becomes president.

Similar protests were held in state capitals around the U.S. on Monday.

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3:58 p.m.

Four members of the Electoral College in Washington state cast their votes for a candidate other than statewide popular vote winner Hillary Clinton.

It’s the first time in four decades the state’s electors have broken from the popular vote for president. Washington’s 12 electors met Monday afternoon in the state Capitol to complete the constitutional formality. Clinton got eight votes while other candidates got the remaining four.

Republican Donald Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232 in the Nov. 8 election.

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