Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, according to the final tally on Dec. 20.
Dave Wasserman of the Cook Report, which has been tracking the popular vote, tweeted: "Clinton: 65,844,610 (48.2%), Trump: 62,979,636 (46.1%)."
Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson and write-in candidates took home 7,804,213 votes, which was 5.7% of the popular vote.
However, President-elect Donald Trump won the Electoral College with 307 votes against Clinton's 227 votes.
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The New York Times editorial board called for an end to the Electoral College on Dec. 19.
The newspaper noted this was the second time a candidate since 2000 has won the popular vote, but lost the election; the previous occurrence was Al Gore's popular vote victory over George W. Bush in 2000.
According to The New York Times, the origin of the Electoral College is rooted in slavery:
The Electoral College, which is written into the Constitution, is more than just a vestige of the founding era; it is a living symbol of America’s original sin. When slavery was the law of the land, a direct popular vote would have disadvantaged the Southern states, with their large disenfranchised populations. Counting those men and women as three-fifths of a white person, as the Constitution originally did, gave the slave states more electoral votes.
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Today the college, which allocates electors based on each state’s representation in Congress, tips the scales in favor of smaller states; a Wyoming resident’s vote counts 3.6 times as much as a Californian’s. And because almost all states use a winner-take-all system, the election ends up being fought in just a dozen or so "battleground" states, leaving tens of millions of Americans on the sidelines...
Conservative opponents of a direct vote say it would give an unfair edge to large, heavily Democratic cities and states. But why should the votes of Americans in California or New York count for less than those in Idaho or Texas? A direct popular vote would treat all Americans equally, no matter where they live — including, by the way, Republicans in San Francisco and Democrats in Corpus Christi, whose votes are currently worthless.