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Election 2016

Dallas Elector Will Vote Against Donald Trump

Christopher Suprun is the second Texas elector to balk at voting for the Republican nominee for president.

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Next Monday, members of the Electoral College will gather to officially choose the next president of the United States. Typically, individual electors get little attention. But Christopher Suprun is not typical. The Dallas Republican plans to vote against Donald Trump.

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Suprun announced his decision earlier this month, in an op-ed published in The New York Times. He points to Trump's financial ties to foreign governments as one of the main reasons.

"I don't think it's appropriate for the Electoral College to simply be a rubber stamp when you've got someone who would take office who is clearly in violation of the Constitution," he says.

Suprun says he hasn't made up his mind who he'll be voting for, though he rules out Hillary Clinton.

"It's something I'm speaking about with other electors," he says, "and it will be another Republican with, I think, [a] strong management background, as well as a military/foreign policy breadth of experience that is important, too."

Suprun is the second Texas elector to balk at voting for Trump. The first, Art Sisneros of Liberty County, resigned rather than violate his pledge to support the Republican Party's nominee. The other GOP electors will pick Sisneros' replacement on Monday when they gather in Austin.

At the current count, Trump still has more than 300 electoral votes lined up. It would take another 36 defections to deny him the majority he needs to win the presidency.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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