Donald Trump has surpassed the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College on Monday — ensuring that the billionaire will become America’s 45th president.
He was put over the top by electors in Texas. Thirty-six of the state’s 38 electors went for Trump, while two ignored the state’s Election Day result. The results from the oil rich state put the official tally at 301 electoral votes for Trump, 163 for Hillary Clinton and six for others.
The Electoral College results will be officially certified January 6 during a joint session of Congress, while Trump will be officially sworn-in as President on January 20, 2017.
The first response from Trump’s camp came from Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who tweeted: “Congratulations to @RealDonaldTrump; officially elected President of the United States today by the Electoral College!”
Pence also wrote, “I’m honored & humbled to be officially elected today as the next Vice President of the United States of America by the Electoral College.”