Politics

Clinton Becomes Latest Candidate To Win Popular Vote, Lose Election

| by Robert Fowler

After a shocking upset, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has become the fifth presidential candidate in U.S. history to win the popular vote but fail to capture the White House.

On Nov. 8, President-elect Donald Trump defied the majority of pollsters and pundits by winning the 2016 presidential election. While the business mogul won the race by capturing 279 electoral votes, he did not triumph in the majority of ballots cast.

That distinction goes to Clinton, who amassed 198,400 more votes overall. By Nov. 9, the ballot count found that Clinton had won 47.7 percent of the popular vote while Trump had won 47.5 percent, NPR reports.

Only four other presidential candidates have suffered the same paradoxical loss: Andrew Jackson in 1824, Samuel Tilden in 1876, Grover Cleveland in 1888 and Democratic nominee Al Gore in 2000. Both Jackson and Cleveland would both proceed to successfully win elections after their defeats.

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After pulling off one of the most startling upset victories in U.S. election history, Trump struck a conciliatory tone in his victory speech, praising Clinton after months of calling her a criminal on the campaign trail.

“She congratulated us ... on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign,” Trump said, according to The Washington Post. “I mean, she -- she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to this country.”

On Nov. 9, Clinton officially conceded the presidential race and called on her supporters to give Trump a chance to become a successful president.

“We must accept this result and then look to the future,” Clinton said, according to The Huffington Post. “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

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Clinton also addressed the young girls of America, urging them to “never doubt that you are powerful and valuable and deserving of every chance in the world.”

The former Secretary of State concluded that the 2016 presidential election was not about one candidate but “the country we love.”

Sources: The Huffington Post, The New York TimesNPR / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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