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Trump wins Electoral College vote

Donald Trump garners more than the 270 electoral votes required to officially win election as the next president, dashing long-shot hopes by detractors to block him from gaining the White House.

President-elect Donald Trump has received a majority in the US Electoral College as votes from Texas electors put him over the 270 threshold. Monday's result confirmed, as expected, Trump's election as the 45th president of the United States. The Electoral College appeared unswayed by a last-ditch effort by diehard opponents to bar the Republican's path to the White House. Six weeks after his shock victory over the Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump sailed past the 270 votes needed to make his victory official, clearing the way for him to succeed Barack Obama on January 20.

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