Could the Electoral College go rogue?

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) With the Electoral College set to meet Monday, a movement to derail Donald Trump's path to the presidency is gaining traction.

This Monday, 538 Presidential Electors will meet in their home states in what is traditionally a footnote to the outcome of the November election.
Hillary Clinton's victory in the popular vote but not the electoral vote is casting more attention than usual on the electoral college.

Donald Trump's election night victory won't be official until next week, when members of the electoral college gather in state capitols across the country to cast their ballots. However, there's a growing movement to persuade members of the electoral college to do something that's never been done in American history, deny the presidency to the clear election night winner.

"I don't think that's a good idea," said Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA).

Democratic Congressman, Dave Loebsack says although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, it's time for Americans to move on.

“We had an election, and it turned out the way it did," Loebsack explained. "I'm deeply disappointed, as is half of America that voted, but we had the rules in place beforehand."

The last-ditch effort to block Trump is exploding online, with a Change.org petition signed by millions and a website listing the addresses of 284 of the electors.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) says this isn't helping to promote a peaceful transition of power.

“Whether or not your person won, the person that you voted for, you shouldn't be rioting in the street as a result, but working together to unify this country so we can all prosper over the next four years," Gardner said.

How likely is the Electoral College to snub Trump? Based on the numbers, 38 Republican electors would need to flip their votes to someone else. But, experts say it’s highly unlikely.

“It's really not clear that the electors have the ability to flip the election even if they want to," said Jason Brennan, PHD, a professor at Georgetown University.

Brennan says that's because 29 states have laws that require electors to cast their votes for whichever candidate won that's state's popular vote.

“The constitution empowers the states to determine how they will select electors," Brennan explained. "If the electors decide to switch to the other direction, you have a large number of Republican state legislatures that might just decide to discount those sets of electors and then put in their own.”

Republican officials say they have been in contact with their 306 electors and believe only a few may vote for someone other than Trump.

There's now a growing effort to get the Electoral College vote postponed. A Virginia Congressman is calling for a delay in light of the CIA's conclusion that Russia is responsible for hacks meant to influence the outcome of the election.

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