COLUMBUS— Ohio's 18 Electoral College members have voted to support Republican Donald Trump.
The group voted Monday at the Ohio Statehouse. Their support formalizes Trump's general election victory in the battleground state last month.
They acted as the cries of hundreds of protesters could be heard outside the Senate chamber. They demonstrated to push for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Clinton won the popular vote nationally, but secured just 43 percent of the vote in Ohio compared to Trump's 51 percent.
An Ohio state law bound electors to vote for the nominee of the party that appointed them, which this year was the Republicans. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former Trump rival, was pulled into Monday's process to help oversee replacement of an electorwho had resigned. He urged unity.
Electors are gathering today in every state to formally elect Donald Trump president even as anti-Trump forces try one last time to deny him the White House.
Protests are planned for state capitals, but they're unlikely to persuade the Electoral College to dump Trump. An Associated Press survey of electors found very little appetite to vote for alternative candidates.
Republican electors say they have been deluged with emails, phone calls and letters urging them not to support Trump.
The AP tried to reach all 538 electors and interviewed more than 330 of them, finding widespread aggravation among Democrats with the electoral process.
But despite the national group therapy session being conducted by some Democrats, only one Republican elector told the AP that he won't vote for Trump.