Tennessee electors pledge strong support for Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points towards guests during an campaign event with employees at Trump National Doral, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points towards guests during an campaign event with employees at Trump National Doral, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – There isn’t expected to be any dissent when Tennessee’s 11 members of the electoral ballot cast their ballots at the state Capitol on Monday.

Donald Trump overwhelmingly won Tennessee last month, and the state’s Republican electors say they would wholeheartedly cast their ballots for Trump even if state law didn’t require them to support the winner.

Jason Mumpower, a former state House Republican leader who is now chief of staff to Comptroller Justin Wilson, says he has heard of no second thoughts among his fellow electors, most of whom are members of the executive committee of the state Republican Party.

In the words of fellow elector Tom Lawless: “Hell will freeze and we will be skating on the lava before I change.”