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Alaska's Electoral College members cast their votes for Trump

  • Author: Nathaniel Herz
  • Updated: December 19, 2016
  • Published December 19, 2016

State of Alaska electors, from left, Jacqueline Tupou of Juneau, former Gov. Sean Parnell of Anchorage and Carolyn Leman of Anchorage sign documents to cast votes in the Electoral College for Donald Trump during a ceremony at the Alaska State Museum on Monday in Juneau. (Brian Wallace)

Alaska's three Electoral College members cast their votes for Republican Donald Trump at a Monday morning ceremony in Juneau, shrugging off efforts to sway them to an alternative candidate.

Sean Parnell, Jacqueline Tupou and Carolyn Leman were chosen as electors by the Alaska Republican Party and had been expected to stick with Trump, who won 51 percent of the state's vote to Hillary Clinton's 37 percent.

With Trump campaign staffer Jerry Ward in attendance, Parnell, Tupou and Leman each cast their ballot at a 20-minute ceremony at the State Library, Archives and Museum.

Alaska electors Carolyn Leman, Sean Parnell and Jaqueline Tupou signed Certificates of Vote for Donald Trump during a ceremony Monday in Juneau. (Brian Wallace)

Several campaigns were urging Republican electors across the country, who are all voted Monday, to abandon Trump and choose Clinton or an alternative GOP presidential candidate. One petition on Change.org asking electors to "make Hillary Clinton president" has nearly 5 million supporters.

Juneau resident Dennis Harris holds a protest sign as Alaska electors Carolyn Leman, Sean Parnell and Jaqueline Tupou cast their votes for Donald Trump in Juneau. (Brian Wallace)

But Republican electors didn't heed those pleas. Neither did Alaska's, in spite of one man in the audience, Dennis Harris, who held up a small sign: "DON'T LET PUTIN WIN."

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