Politics

At Final Count, Clinton Won Popular Vote By 2.9 million

| by Ray Brown

All votes in the 2016 presidential election have been certified. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton beat GOP candidate Donald Trump in the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, despite losing the general election.

According to Dave Wasserman, editor of the Cook Political Report, Clinton won 65,844,610 votes, compared to Trump's 62,979,636 votes.

But Clinton was trounced in the electoral college, which is the deciding factor in U.S. presidential elections after losing several key swing states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, which ultimately gave Trump the presidency.

Clinton won only 12 states and the District of Columbia, while Trump took 38 states.

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Clinton's biggest win was in California, where she beat Trump by more than 4 million votes.

But Trump took to Twitter to defend his win after losing the popular vote.

“I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote - but would campaign differently,” Trump wrote. “Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!”

Although some Democrats attempted to convince the Electoral College voters to not vote according to how their states voted and prevent Trump from officially winning, it was actually Clinton who lost electoral votes when five Democrat electors cast their ballot for alternate candidates, including Native American activist Faith Spotted Eagle.

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Trump sealed the Electoral College deal with 304 votes, compared to Clinton's 227, according to Vox.

Trump also pointed out that Clinton had a much larger campaign budget during the election.

“I have not heard any of the pundits or commentators discussing the fact that I spent FAR LESS MONEY on the win than Hillary on the loss!” he wrote.

According to Bloomberg, Clinton's campaign spent nearly $1.91 billion, while Trump's spent approximately $615 million.

Sources: Dave Wasserman/Twitter, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2) , (3), Bloomberg, Vox/ Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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