Trump wins electoral college vote and officially secures presidency

Over 270 electors voted for the business man

Trump wins electoral college vote and officially secures presidency

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. | Image: Willie J. Allen Jr. AP/Press Association Images

Donald Trump is officially the next President of the United States, having won the electoral college.

Texas electors put the billionaire over the top, ending a last-ditch anti-Trump effort.

Over 270 electors voted for the business man.

The Electoral College results will be officially certified January 6 during a joint session of Congress.

In Washington state, four electors opted for other candidates, instead of backing Hillary Clinton. Three cast ballots for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one backed Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American activist who's been involved in the North Dakota pipeline fight.
 
This is the first US presidential election since 1872 with more than one "faithless elector."