Politics

Clinton's Vote Lead is Greater Than Former Presidents'

| by Oren Peleg

By Nov. 24, more than two weeks after Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote had grown to more than two million votes.

Clinton’s 64,418,125 popular votes account for 48.1 percent, while President-elect Donald Trump's 62,314,184 votes account for 46.5 percent, according to Cook Political Reports.

Trump “is on track to lose the popular vote by more than any successfully elected president ever,” Ronald Brownstein of The Atlantic stated.

Clinton’s 1.6 percent margin over Trump is still a 2.3 percent down-shift from President Barack Obama’s 3.9 percent victory in the 2012 presidential popular vote.

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But David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report said of Clinton’s growing lead that he's "confident it’ll ultimately round to 2 [percent],” notes The Atlantic.

The growing vote margin is mainly attributed to the outstanding ballot count remaining in California; as of Nov. 22, more than 2 million ballots in the state were yet to be counted.

"These expansions [of voting rights] end up slowing down the vote count process," Paul Mitchell, a top California voting data analyst, said, reports NPR. "But to trade off ‘we're gonna get our votes counted quicker and disenfranchise people on the front end,' I don't think is the right trade-off."

Clinton’s popular vote lead is a greater margin than multiple former presidents who won, according to The Atlantic.

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In 1880, James Garfield won the presidency with a 0.09 percentage point margin of victory in the popular vote. In 1960, John F. Kennedy won by a 0.17 percentage point victory margin, and in 1968, Richard Nixon’s popular vote margin of victory was 0.7 percentage points.

But Trump, who once blasted the Electoral College system that will end up formally declaring him the President-elect, is now in favor of it.

“The popular vote would have been a lot easier, but it’s a whole different campaign,” Trump told reporters on Nov. 22, notes Politico. “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 … But I think the popular vote would have been easier in a true sense because you’d go to a few places. I think that’s the genius of the Electoral College. I was never a fan of the Electoral College until now.”

Sources: The Atlantic, NPR, PoliticoCook Political Report / Photo Credit: Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio via NPR

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