In an effort to stave off further division among voters, Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued a statement aimed at a handful of members of the Electoral College.
Kasich’s statement was an attempt to dissuade a group of Democratic electors, calling themselves “Hamilton Electors” from voting for him as an alternative to Trump.
“I am not a candidate for president and ask that electors not vote for me when they gather later this month. Our country had an election and Donald Trump won,” Kasich said.
“The country is divided and there are certainly raw emotions on both sides stemming from the election. But this approach, as well meaning as it is, will only serve to further divide our nation, when unity is what we need.
“The election is over. Now is the time for all of us to come together as Americans.”
Gov. John Kasich statement on the recent news about the upcoming Electoral College meeting: pic.twitter.com/dm9yOfBqwF
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 6, 2016
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Kasich is enjoying a high approval rating as Ohio’s governor, which, coupled with the fact he won the Ohio primary over Trump, makes him a good alternative to the president-elect.
While Kasich refrained from supporting Trump during his campaign, he did call the president-elect to congratulate him on his victory.
At one point following Trump’s nomination, Kasich told CNN he was contacted by someone from Trump’s organization and questioned about the possibility of joining the Republican ticket as the vice-president.
The goal behind the Hamilton Electors is to convince Republican electors to vote against Trump to reduce his number of electoral votes to below the required 270, thereby sending the election to the House of Representatives.
For the move to be successful, 37 Republicans would need to join with the group of Democrats and vote against Trump as the next president.
Currently, Chris Suprun from Texas is the only Republican elector to suggest he may break from tradition to reject Trump.
The members of the Electoral College will meet in their respective state capitals Dec. 19 to cast their official vote for the president.
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