Politics

Clinton's Lead In The Popular Vote Passes 2 Million

| by Sarah Zimmerman

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote over President-elect Donald Trump has now surpassed 2 million.

Although some time has passed since election night, individual votes are still being counted and Clinton's lead over Trump in the popular vote seems to be increasing each day. As of Nov. 23, Politico reports that Clinton has received 64,223,958 votes while Trump has 62,206,395.

Despite Clinton's win in the popular vote, Trump still clinched the presidency by receiving 270 votes from the Electoral College.

Trump, who has been a critic of the Electoral College in the past, told The New York Times that he now thinks it's "genius."

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"I was never a fan of the Electoral College until now," he said. 

"It gets you out to see states that you’ll never see otherwise," he went on to explain. "... we actually went to about 22 states, whereas if you’re going for popular vote ... You’d stay in New York and you’d stay in California."

As votes are still being counted, particularly in largely Democratic California, Clinton's lead is expected to increase by the time the Electoral College convenes to cast the final vote for president Dec. 19. USA Today reports that the College usually votes in accordance with the results of their state. 

A number of activists are calling on the government to actually audit the results of the election in key battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, notes The Guardian. The push for a recount comes from a belief that Russia has tampered with regional electoral computer systems. The U.S. confirms that some states detected attempts to breach the electoral systems, but did not go as far as to say that Russia was the culprit.

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"Our country needs a thorough, public congressional investigation into the role that foreign powers played in the months leading up to November," said an open letter from a number of professors across the country specializing in cybersecurity. 

Others are pushing for a complete overhaul of the Electoral College, according to Politico. California Sen. Barbara Boxer has introduced legislation to completely abolish the College, but given a Republican-owned Congress, her efforts are unlikely to succeed.

Sources: Politico, USA Today, The New York Times, The Guardian (2) / Photo credit: Toms Norde via Valsts Kanceleja/Flickr

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