Texas Republican elector resigns rather than vote for Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Donald Trump and his children hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference to celebrate the grand opening of his new hotel. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Donald Trump and his children hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference to celebrate the grand opening of his new hotel. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Republican member of the Electoral College from Texas says he’s resigning rather than casting one of the state’s 38 electoral votes for Donald Trump.

Art Sisneros previously told The Associated Press that he was wavering on supporting Trump because the Republican “is not biblically qualified for office.”

In a lengthy weekend blog post, Sisneros wrote “the best option I see at this time is to resign my position as an elector.”

“I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God,” he said.

Texas doesn’t require its presidential electors to vote in accordance with the state’s presidential election results. Trump won Texas by around 9 percentage points and captured 290 overall electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232.

State electors meet in Austin and in state capitals nationwide next month to vote for president, and will also vote then on Sisneros’ replacement.

“I will sleep well at night knowing I neither gave in to their demands nor caved to my convictions. I will also mourn the loss of our republic,” Sisneros concluded.

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