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Connecticut electors cast votes for Clinton

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

On Monday, seven electors formally cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, the winner of Connecticut's statewide election for president.

The group gathered at noon in the state Senate chambers in Hartford.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill presided over the vote.

The electors, all Democrats, chose Clinton for president and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine for vice president in Monday's solemn ceremony.

Even in Connecticut, a strong democratic state, electors were pressured not to vote for Trump.

"I got a few calls asking me not to vote for Donald Trump. I had no problem with that,” said State Rep. Robert Godfrey.

Trump won the electoral college but lost the popular election by some 3 million votes.

His victory has angered some to the point where they feel we should get rid of the electoral college; a sentiment shared by some protestors outside the state capitol on Monday.

Congressman John Larson says without the electoral college, voters in smaller states would not be heard.

"If you open it up, you would have to open up the entire constitution,” Larson said.

"Our founding fathers were right to create an electoral college to protect people in smaller states. This is the democrats stomping their feet because they didn't get their way,” said J.R. Romano, of the state’s republican party.

Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released a statement, saying "While the presidential election obviously didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, I am proud that Connecticut overwhelmingly supported Secretary Clinton and that all seven of our electoral votes went to the Democratic nominee. Over the next four years, Donald Trump and his Republican allies will try to roll back much of the progress we have made and take health care from millions of people, halt efforts to combat climate change, and give massive tax breaks to the very wealthiest people and corporations, to give just a few examples. The best way for us to fight back against Trump's radical agenda is to organize and work together to make sure our voices are heard in elections - not just to the White House, but to city councils, mayors’ offices, legislative branches, and Congress. It also means standing together in protest when our values are threatened. That starts with electing Democrats at all levels of government who will stand up to the Trump agenda. That will be our focus over the next four years, starting this year as our party prepares for elections in towns and cities across our state."

While the outcome was expected, about 50 protesters rallied outside the state Capitol, expressing concern with the Electoral College process and whether Republican Donald Trump is suitable to be the next president.

Dr. Carol Swenson, a Westport psychologist, held a sign urging electors to vote for "sanity." She calls Trump "a dangerous person" and says she felt the need to speak out.

Some Connecticut electors say it's time to scrap or considering changing the Electoral College System. Clinton won the nationwide popular vote.

Meanwhile, electors in states where Republican Donald Trump won were expected to ultimately affirm his victory.

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