Immigrant elector who backed Cruz says he’ll vote for Trump

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Posted on December 16, 2016, 4:49 pm
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Hector Maldonado took one oath to support the U.S. Constitution when he became a citizen, a second when he enlisted in the U.S. Army and another earlier this year when he became an elector and promised to support whichever Republican presidential candidate won Missouri.

The Mexican immigrant and former Ted Cruz supporter said he will make good on his most recent promise and pick President-elect Donald Trump in what’s shaping up to be an unusually controversial Electoral College vote on Monday.

“Even though he wasn’t my first choice, the oath that I took said that I would support that if that’s what my state picked,” said Maldonado, 44. “And that’s what I will do.”

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