Here Is A Long-Shot Scenario In Which Hillary Clinton Could Still Win

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And it involves the very electoral college count she lost.

Although Hillary Clinton has conceded, some are still looking for possible loopholes that could get her into the White House.

For die-hard Democrats holding out hope that they won’t have to live through a Trump presidency, there is a last, incredibly long shot for them latch on to—a surprise twist in the Electoral College.

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Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 200,000, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president. But there is loophole in the Constitution.

The chosen electors of the Electoral College are the ones who actually vote for president next month in their own state capitals.

But there is nothing stopping them from going rogue and refusing to vote for the candidate to whom they are bound, or not voting at all.

The chance of “faithless electors” standing up is rare. Over 99 percent of electors throughout American history have voted as pledged. It came up as a possibility when Al Gore lost to George Bush in 2000, but nothing came from it.

And in 2004, when an anonymous faithless elector in Minnesota declined to vote for Democrat John Kerry and instead voted for Kerry’s running mate, John Edwards.

So yes, it is a far cry. But if there was an election that such a situation appears possible, it would be this crazy one.

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