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Texas Elector Says Democrats Trying to Sway His Vote

"I had no idea it would be like this," elector says

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    (Published Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016)

    The presidential election isn't officially over until the electoral votes are cast in mid-December, and that includes the 38 votes from Texas.

    The 38 Texans who will vote are all Republicans, because Donald Trump won Texas, but they don't have to vote for Trump.

    In Texas, unlike some other states, electors may change their mind, and it has Democrats from around the country urging them to do just that, said Alex Kim, an elector for Texas' 24th Congressional District.

    "At first everyone was kinda enchanted by it," Kim said. "Now all the electors are starting to get beaten down. There are some electors who have been threatened with harm or with death."

    A Michigan elector received at leat one threat, according to a Detroit News report.

    Kim was named an elector at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention. Since the election, he said he has been receiving thousands of e-mails a day from all across the county.

    "Usually the Electoral College is very ceremonial. You're there, you cast your vote and you're done," said.

    But this year, things are different with the popular vote and the Electoral College vote at odds for only the fourth time in American history, and people are trying to convince electors to break their ranks.

    "I had no idea it would be like this," Kim said.

    But his position isn't wavering.

    "When people ask me to vote for Hillary Clinton, there's no way," he said. "I reject the Democratic Party principles and I reject Hillary Clinton."

    When he gets a nasty note, Kim's message is pure Texas.

    "You may all go to hell, and I shall go to Texas," Kim joked. "If it was good enough for Davy Crockett, then it's good enough for me."

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