And the third-place fin­isher is of­fi­cially ... Colin Pow­ell

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Va­lerie Richard­son

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.


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