Electoral College to cast votes for president today

- Electors are gathering in every state Monday to formally elect Donald Trump president.

The 16 in Michigan -- one from each congressional district and two at-large -- are among the Electoral College members who will meet at state capitals across the country to cast their votes, even as anti-Trump forces try one last time to deny him the White House. 

Michigan requires its members convening in Lansing to vote according to the results of the Michigan's presidential election. Trump narrowly defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the race. The two-tenths of a percentage point margin out of nearly 4.8 million votes was the closest presidential race in Michigan in more than 75 years. Electors surveyed by The Associated Press ahead of the vote say they support him.

Unlike some other states where electors are "unbound," those in Michigan are bound by law to vote for the state winner. If a Michigan elector doesn't vote for that person, they are deemed to have resigned and are replaced.

Republican electors across the country say they have been deluged with emails, phone calls and letters urging them not to support Trump. Many of the emails are part of coordinated campaigns.

Protests are planned for state capitals, but they are unlikely to persuade the Electoral College to dump Trump. An Associated Press survey of electors found very little appetite to vote for alternative candidates.

UPDATE: Michigan electors cast all 16 votes for Donald J. Trump 

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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