COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's nine electors are bound by state law to back Donald Trump for president when they meet next month. But that's not stopping people from flooding the electors' inboxes with requests they throw their votes behind Hillary Clinton instead.

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore says he's received a thousand emails in recent days from people asking him not to cast his electoral vote for the president-elect. He says the requests are "utterly ridiculous."

Trump has 290 Electoral College votes to Clinton's 232, with Michigan still undecided. It takes 270 votes in the Electoral College to win the presidency.

Clinton is on pace to win the popular vote by at least 1 million ballots.

South Carolina law requires electors to cast their votes for the candidate who won the state's balloting.