Former Libertarian presidential candidate from 1988, and former Texas Republican congressman Ron Paul has finally been rewarded with an electoral vote, and he didn't even run.
During his time as a Republican congressman, he ran for President twice — in 08' and 12' — and was still unable to acquire any necessary votes to give him a chance. He failed out of both primaries, and in 2015 changed his party affiliation back to Libertarian and retired from politics. Only now that he's not running, and out of the game did a faithless Texas elector separate from President-elect Donald Trump and cast his vote for the Libertarian favorite.
This elector wouldn't be the only one to pull away from Trump, as another cast his vote for Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Texas 36 for Trump, 1 for Ron Paul, 1 for John Kasich— Jamie Dupree (@Jamie Dupree)1482186475.0
The elector who voted for Kasich had made his intentions clear in an article on The Hill just beforehand. Needless to say, he's not the largest fan.
Hey @realdonaldtrump We should tell Russia we don't want the President from the election they stole. Let them keep you. #Unpresidented— Christopher Suprun (@Christopher Suprun)1482098461.0
Another Texas elector, Art Sisneros, informed NPR that he would resign instead of casting his vote for Trump, saying "I don't, in good conscience, think he's qualified."
Despite these minor hiccups, Trump still walked away with 36 votes in Texas. As it now stands, Donald Trump is the confirmed president-elect. And while there have been odd attempts at getting the electors to sway their votes away from him, it didn't pan out for them in the end.
But this will still be the election year a libertarian that didn't even run stole an electoral vote from the president-elect.