Though Donald Trump won the presidency in an electoral vote landslide, Hillary Clinton is projected to win more total votes than President Barack Obama did in 2012.
As absentee and mail-in ballots continue to be counted late in liberal states like California, New York and Washington, Clinton's popular vote win continues to grow, notes MassLive. According to a Dec. 6 tally by David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, Clinton is more than 2.6 million popular votes ahead of Trump.
Clinton's current of 65,511,693 votes is higher than any other president in history besides Obama, who secured a landslide against John McCain in 2008, with more than 69 million votes. In 2012, the margin was narrower, with Obama winning re-election against Mitt Romney with a total of 65.9 million ballots cast for him – a number that Clinton is expected to surpass.
Wasserman's tally found Trump with 62,841,761 votes, in the fifth time in history that the presidential election winner took in fewer popular votes than the loser.
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Five other presidential candidates in history have won higher total votes but lost the election. Democrat Al Gore was the most recent to do so before Clinton, taking in 543,816 more votes that George W. Bush in 2000. Democratic-Republican Andrew Jackson also won the popular vote but lost the presidency in 1824, as did Democrat Samuel Tilden in 1876 and Democrat Grover Cleveland in 1888.
Though some people are urging members of the Electoral College to vote against Trump on Dec. 19, saying that he did not win the election, the President-elect has said that he would have still won under any set of rules.
"The popular vote would have been a lot easier, but it's a whole different campaign," Trump, who has criticized the Electoral College in the past, told the New York Times on Nov. 23. "I would have been in California, I would have been in Texas, Florida and New York, and we wouldn't have gone anywhere else. Which is, I mean I'd rather do the popular vote."
Trump went on to say that it "would have been easier in a true sense" for him to win the popular vote, as he wouldn't have as many places to visit.
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"I think that's the genius of the Electoral College," he added. "I was never a fan of the Electoral College until now."
Sources: MassLive, David Wasserman (Cook Political Report) Vote Tally, New York Times / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr