W.Va. elector says he'll vote for Bush
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer
A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man who is a member of the elite Electoral College said Thursday he'll cast his vote for George W. Bush.
"That's an absolute certainty. We must and will follow the law. The people of West Virginia spoke loudly and clearly," said Charles Trump. The popular vote was 329,709 votes for Bush and 291,088 votes for Al Gore.
Trump, the minority leader in West Virginia's House of Delegates, and the state's other four electors, were nominated and elected to serve as electors at the state's Republican Convention in July. Their official vote will take place Dec. 18 in Charleston, W.Va.
The electors traditionally vote for the candidate who carries the popular vote in their state, but it's not mandatory in some states, including West Virginia.