File - In this Nov. 3, 2014l file photo, then-Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, speaks at a campaign rally in Anchorage Alaska. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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As members of the Electoral College prepare to choose Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, some Republican electors say they are defending rural and small-town America against big-state liberalism and its support for national popular vote leader Hillary Clinton.Clinton won some 2.6 million more votes than Trump in the nationwide tally. But Trump is in line to get 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789 .It's worth noting that Trump didn't just win small states and Clinton didn't just take large ones.Trump and Clinton split the six most populous states, each winning three, but Trump won seven of the top 10 . Of the 10 smallest states plus the District of Columbia, Trump edged Clinton 6-5 . Put another way, Alaska's three electors will cast 0.56 percent of the 538 electoral votes despite casting just 0.23 percent of the national popular vote.Democratic Nevada makes up 1.12 percent of the Electoral College but cast less than 1 of a 100 national ballots.
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