UPDATE: All 9 Alabama electors cast their votes for Donald Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s nine presidential electors have all cast their ballots for Republican president-elect Donald Trump.

The vote came Monday during an elaborate ceremony at the state Capitol in Montgomery.

Electors met in the ornate old House chamber where Alabama voted to secede from the Union in 1861. The Auburn University band played, and a member of the military sang the National Anthem.

Outside, dozens of Trump opponents marched and chanted, urging the electors to abstain from voting or vote for someone other than Trump.

But the New York businessman carried Alabama easily in the general election, and all the state’s electors stuck with Trump and his running mate, vice president-elect Mike Pence.

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