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Protesters demonstrate in Philadelphia last week. Republican Donald Trump is assured of a victory, unless there is a massive — and totally unexpected — defection by the electors pledged to support him. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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5 Things You Should Know About The Electoral College

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Plenty of Trump opponents are begging electors to vote against Trump. But it's hard to see that effort being very successful. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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