Florida's 29 electors all cast votes for Trump

Posted at 5:30 AM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 20:35:54-05

UPDATE | 2:20 p.m.--

All 29 electors voted in Donald Trump for President.

Protesters made a last ditch effort Monday, urging Florida's presidential electors to vote for anyone other than the President-elect. 

An often overlooked, mundane ritual was thrust into the spotlight as groups protested the electoral college vote in state capitols across the country. 

As the formal electoral count was made inside Florida's Senate chamber, loud chants were booming through the walls of the statehouse. Around 200 protesters holding signs yelled, "flip the vote, flip the vote," as electors cast their votes for Mr. Trump. 

"We're here because we have to be here," said Cynthai Whitstone, of Tampa. "This is a free country, we're doing what we need to do, we're exercising our rights."

State law bounds electors to vote for the candidate who carried the state. 

"Give Donald Trump a chance," said Pinellas County elector, Nick DiCeglie. "I would say that if Hillary Clinton was the winner. We owe it to the country to give Donald Trump a chance to be successful."

ORIGINAL STORY | Florida's 29 electors will gather in the state Senate chambers and cast their votes for president as Republican Gov. Rick Scott oversees the process.

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All 29 are expected to vote for Donald Trump, who carried the state in November.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern.

The electors have been deluged with emails, letters and phone calls from people hoping to convince electors not to cast their vote for Trump, but their pleas aren't swaying them.

The electors are among Florida's most loyal Republicans. They were chosen by the state GOP and approved by Scott.

Among them are Republican National Committee co-Chair Sharon Day, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia and Susie Wiles and Joe Gruters, who were co-chairs of Trump's Florida campaign.