Louisiana’s eight presidential electoral voters cast their ballots today for Donald Trump, rejecting calls to snub the Republican president-elect in a state that had overwhelmingly supported him.
As The Associated Press reports, the formal ceremony in the Louisiana Senate chamber was short, taking less than an hour, and ended as expected, with all votes going to Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. A few boos were hissed from the Senate gallery, but none of the handful of protesters disrupted the proceedings.
“We’re pretty conservative in this state. We’re not going to shock,” said elector Kay Katz, a former state lawmaker from Monroe.
The event drew more attention than in prior years, after electors said they had received tens of thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from around the country urging them to reconsider voting for Trump. Katz said she received 70,000 emails.
Elector Lloyd Harsch, a history professor and pastor from New Orleans, thanked those who inundated him with correspondence before saying he cast his vote for Trump “with considered confidence and a clear conscience.”
“I will do the right thing and will be on the right side of history. I will heed the voices of the majority of voters in Louisiana,” Harsch said.
Trump received 58% of the Louisiana vote in November. Trump had 245 electoral votes as of 2:28 p.m. today.