As online petitions receive millions of signatures pleading for the Electoral College to break from Donald Trump and vote for Hillary Clinton, the Republican National Committee has a plan to whip the 306 Republican electors come Dec. 19.
According to Politico, state party leaders and the Trump campaign are assisting the committee in a whip operation to ensure at least the necessary 270 voters cast their ballot for Trump.
Two sources familiar with the operation have reportedly told Politico that party leaders are said to be communicating with electors through phone calls and letters, while monitoring their social media to make sure nothing runs amiss.
Right now, only Republican elector Chris Suprun of Texas has stated he plans to break from voting for Trump. Two other electors, one in Georgia and one in Texas, are promising to resign before the December vote to avoid voting for the president-elect.
News of the RNC’s close watch on Republican electors also comes in the wake of bipartisan calls from inside the Electoral College for a briefing on allegations that Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election in hopes of putting Trump in office.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta released a statement on Monday in favor of the intelligence briefing for Electoral College voters, saying, “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”
Should everything go to plan, Trump will receive the 306 electoral votes allocated to him from the election. But, if 37 republicans were to jump ship and vote for Clinton, she could conceivably have a shot at the presidency.