Final Popular Vote Total Shows Hillary Clinton Won Almost 3 Million More Ballots Than Donald Trump

Final Popular Vote Total Shows Hillary Clinton Won Almost 3 Million More Ballots Than Donald Trump

It’s by far the largest margin of victory in the popular vote for a candidate who did not win the election.

12/20/2016 05:31 pm ET

Donald Trump is set to be sworn in next month as the 45th president of the United States, despite garnering almost 3 million fewer votes than his challenger.

With the presidential election results now certified in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton won a total of 65,844,610 votes ― 48.2 percent ― compared with Trump’s 62,979,636 votes ― 46.1 percent ― according to David Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Other candidates took 7,804,213 ballots, or about 5.7 percent of the popular vote.

Clinton’s margin of victory in the popular vote is the largest in raw numbers for any candidate who has gone on to lose in the Electoral College. Her margin of victory is almost six times larger than that of Democrat Al Gore, whose popular vote win in 2000 is now the second-largest in this category. Gore received about 500,000 more votes than Republican George W. Bush, but came up short in the Electoral College after a hotly contested race in Florida.

Trump’s substantial deficit in the popular vote makes his margin by percentage of votes the third-worst among winning candidates since 1824 (when the popular vote was first officially recorded), according to an analysis by The New York Times published earlier this week.

Thanks to the Electoral College, none of this matters. Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232 on Election Day, securing him a comfortable victory last month. Although many of Trump’s opponents had spent the past few weeks trying to figure out how they could deny the real estate mogul a path to the White House, the Electoral College on Monday further secured his win.

A total of 304 electors cast their votes in favor of the GOP nominee, meaning just two Republican electors defected. Some 227 cast their presidential ballots for Clinton, with five Democratic electors switching their vote. Those seven defecting electors voted for other candidates.

Trump’s team has tried to deflect focus away from the popular vote over the past month, with Trump himself even mentioning what he referred to as a “massive landslide victory” in the Electoral College. PolitiFact ruled that claim “false,” noting that Trump’s win ranks near the bottom in terms of the portion of total available electoral votes won by a candidate.

One thought on “Final Popular Vote Total Shows Hillary Clinton Won Almost 3 Million More Ballots Than Donald Trump

  1. When one looks at it, the United States of America has two instead of one President!

    One due to the Popular Vote result, being Hillary Clinton, thus can be regarded as the President of the People, and one due to the Electoral College result, being Donald Trump, thus being regarded as the President of the Administrative.

    In fact there ARE two Presidents of the United States of America!
    When considering both positions, elections and outcome of votes, the majority of the citizens of the USA can say that Trump is not their President!

    Perhaps it is time, for the sake of democracy, to abolish the system of men and women electing the President, i.e. to abolish the system of the Electoral College!

    Why is there a system that ignores the majority of the People, that gives the privilege of electing/appointing the Head of State to a non-elected group of people, who do not represent the People? (members of the Electoral College are appointed, not elected!).

    Yes, the Constitution of the USA prescribes the existence of the Electoral College, and gives it the privilege of appointing the Head of State, i.e. the President, but the question is, is this system still valid in the year 2016?
    Does having a group of people, non-elected thus non-representative of the People, being privileged to elect an individual as the President of the USA a meaning in 2016?

    The year 2016 is part of the 21st century, and many things have changed over the centuries, look at the fact that homosexuality has become normal, and marriages between people of the same gender have become normal and legal, look at the way women’s rights have become normal, look at the way people decide on and about what they do for work and who they work for, isn’t it time to at least start thinking of changing the way we elect the individual who is ruling us, who is considered to be the most powerful individual in the world?

    As in matters of the judicial system, the prison system, the economic system, I thin that it IS time to start considering altering the way we elect our President, so that the intention of the Founding Fathers, that the People are the ones to decide on and about everything that effects the USA, are indeed the ones to decide, the People are the Power, the Ultimate and Final Power, not an selective group of individual who are able to ignore the demand of the People!


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