And the third-place finisher is officially ... Colin Powell
The third-placed finisher in the official presidential election wasn’t Gary Johnson, Jill Stein or even Evan McMullin.
Colin Powell didn’t campaign or raise any money, but he got three votes at the 2016 Electoral College from rogue electors in Washington state who refused to vote for Hillary Clinton, the winner of the state’s popular vote.
“He’s so well-respected on both sides of the aisle, and he’s so sane. It seemed it would be important to have a compromise candidate who has that type of stability,” elector Esther John told KING-TV in Seattle.
There were seven total “faithless electors” — five Democrats and two Republicans — who refused to follow the will of voters in their states, the most since 1872.
Two electors in Texas deviated from the state’s popular vote in favor of Republican Donald Trump. Chris Suprun voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, while Bill Greene cast his ballot for ex-Rep. Ron Paul, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Besides the three who voted for Mr. Powell, a fourth Washington elector pledged to Mrs. Clinton voted instead for Faith Spotted Eagle, an opponent of the Dakota Access pipeline. One of Hawaii’s four Democratic electors voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.