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4 Washington electors choose candidate other than Clinton

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on the Electoral College vote in Washington state (all times local):
    
12:40 p.m.
    
Four members of the Electoral College in Washington state cast their votes for a candidate other than Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the state's popular vote.
    
It's the first time in four decades the state's electors have broken from the popular vote for president. Washington's 12 electors met Monday afternoon in the state Capitol to complete the constitutional formality. Clinton got eight votes while other candidates got the remaining four.
    
Elector Bret Chiafalo, who earlier in the day said he planned to vote for Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said that he ultimately changed his vote to former Secretary of State Colin Powell after conversations with other Washington electors. The exact breakdown of the other four votes wasn't immediately known, although at least one vote was cast for "Faith Spotted Eagle."
    
In last month's election, Republican Donald Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232, though Clinton's tally will now be lower.
    
A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win.
    
The last time an elector broke from the popular vote in Washington was in 1976, when Mike Padden, who is currently a Republican state senator, voted for Ronald Reagan instead of Gerald Ford, who had won the state.
    
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11:30 a.m.
    
Bret Chiafalo, an elector and co-founder of the Hamilton Electors, says he plans to vote for Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich during Monday's Electoral College vote in Washington state, and that at least one other Washington elector will do the same, even though Democrat Hillary Clinton won the state.
    
The group has sought to block the presidency for Republican Donald Trump by encouraging both Democratic and Republican electors in every state to unite behind an alternative Republican candidate.
    
Chiafalo told reporters at the Capitol that even though as a Democratic elector his vote wouldn't take any votes away from Trump, he wanted to show solidarity with Republican electors who may be considering casting their vote for Kasich.
    
He says he's asking them to "put country before party."
    
Washington state has 12 electoral votes.
    
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10:49 a.m.
    
More than 100 protesters gathered at the Capitol Monday ahead of a vote by the Electoral College, many carrying signs that read "Not My President" and "Love Trumps Hate."
    
One protester was dressed like a giant Donald Trump, wearing a King's crown. The electors meet at noon Monday in Olympia.  Democrat Hillary Clinton won Washington state, which has 12 electoral votes. The Republican Trump won 306 electoral votes nationally to Clinton's 232. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win.
    
A group called the Hamilton Electors has sought to block Trump by encouraging both Democratic and Republican electors in every state to unite behind an alternate Republican candidate.
    
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9:48 a.m.
    
Members of the Electoral College in Washington are set to cast their votes for president.
    
The electors meet at noon Monday in Olympia to complete the constitutional formality.  Democrat Hillary Clinton won Washington state, which has 12 electoral votes. Republican Donald Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win.
    
A group called the Hamilton Electors has sought to block Trump by encouraging both Democratic and Republican electors in every state to unite behind an alternate Republican candidate.
    
The penalty in Washington state for so-called "faithless electors" is a $1,000 fine. Efforts by two Democratic electors from Washington state to avoid being fined if they ignore the results of the state's popular vote were rejected by federal courts last week.

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