Popular Vote 2016: Clinton Now Leads Trump by 2 Million Votes



Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by more than 2 million popular votes.

Both candidates are shattering records, though. Clinton is now the third highest popular vote getter of any presidential candidate in U.S. history (behind only Barack Obama’s two wins). Trump has now moved into the number four slot, and he has received more popular votes than any Republican candidate in history, surpassing President George W. Bush’s record-setting 2004 tally.

Clinton’s lead has grown steadily in the weeks following the November 8 presidential election as some states – especially populous California – have continued counting unprocessed ballots. Trump won the Electoral College 306 to 232.

The popular vote totals as of November 23 are as follows, according to the Cook Political Report popular vote tracker:

Clinton: 64,225,863
Trump: 62,210,612
Margin: Clinton +2,015,251

There are two moves afoot to try to salvage the presidential election for Clinton although both are extreme long shots. One is a bid to pressure electors to become “faithless electors” and refuse to cast their ballots for Trump when the Electoral College meets in December. A few have already said they will do this, but it’s unlikely enough would follow suit since many of the electors are Republican Party base activists.

The second: A group of data experts, professors and lawyers is pressuring the Clinton campaign to ask for recounts in three battleground states, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, alleging they have found a suspicious voting pattern in one of those states. However, other data experts disagree, saying the pattern is the result of demographic variables.

The Clinton popular vote lead is largely driven by California, however. Clinton’s lead in California alone is more than 3.7 million votes. Trump leads in the swing state popular vote as a whole, according to Cook Political Report:

Clinton: 21,277,445
Trump: 22,131,419

Clinton now leads by the most popular votes of any candidate who won the popular vote but did not become president. Trump leads the Electoral College by 306 to 232 electoral votes, although that tally includes Michigan’s 16 electoral votes. That race is so close that it hasn’t been called yet by The Associated Press.

Because the unprocessed ballots are largely in states that Clinton already won (like California, largely), Clinton’s vote total is rising but it’s not going to change the results in the Electoral College that handed Trump the presidency.

Clinton’s popular vote total is the third largest in U.S. history for any presidential candidate.

Here is how her popular vote total stacks up with the top 10 popular vote tallies of any presidential candidate in U.S. history, according to 270toWin.

1. Barack Obama 2008: 69,456,897
2. Barack Obama 2012: 65,446,032
3. Hillary Clinton 2016: 64,225,863 (as of November 23)
4. Donald Trump 2016: 62,210,612 (as of November 23)

5. George W. Bush 2004 62,039,073
6. Mitt Romney 2012 60,589,084
7. John McCain 2008: 59,934,814
8. John Kerry 2004: 59,027,478
9. Ronald Reagan 1984: 54,455,000
10. Al Gore 2000: 50,996,582
(#11 is George W. Bush 2000: 50,456,062)

Clinton’s margin over Trump is greater than the margin of the victor in some historic presidential elections, such as the 1960 election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

The other three candidates who also won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College received far fewer votes. They are:

Al Gore, 2000: Lost the presidential election to George W. Bush but won the popular vote by 543,816 votes.

Andrew Jackson, 1824: Jackson won the popular vote but lost the presidency in the House of Representatives because neither candidate reached the threshold for victory in the Electoral College. Jackson also had more electoral votes at the onset.

Grover Cleveland, 1888: Lost the presidential election to Republican Benjamin Harrison despite leading by 90,000 popular votes.

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    • She frigging lost…give it a break. She’s lucky she’s not in prison. Trump will leave that up to the new non corrupt justice system led by Sessions. He won’t fix it lIke piece of shit obama and lynch


    • A moron with cap locks is still a moron. California is about a tenth of the US population and contributes just a little more to the nation’s culture than say, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas and Texas, combined. If New York and Ca seceded, the US would be a third world country on a par with Costa Rica.

      • Hate to burst your pretentious bubble but there’s one State on your list that would be far from a third world country…. Texas! In 2016 we have the 9th best world economy based on GDP and 5th based on per capita GDP. Good thing too… if it wasn’t for Austin Texas all the people fleeing California wouldn’t have anywhere to go…

  2. Yes but how many dead people voted, how many times did people vote, how many non citizens voted Drain the awamp ) and lets have photo ID already

  3. The public spoke………they wanted a Conservative to be their President for the next four years. Not a Liberal. So they cast 65,953,951 votes for the Conservative Party (Trump + Johnson) and the Liberal Party candidates (Clinton + Stein) got 65,425,863 votes, 528,088 less than the Conservative Party candidates. If you consider Johnson’s (former GOP Gov of NM)
    4,100,000 votes and how they break down per state, the Conservatives would have picked up even more Electoral College votes than their present 316. Life’s a bitch when you’ve spent $1Billion to get your candidate & Party elected and it doesn’t work out and even a bigger hurt is the loss of selecting one or more Judges to the Supreme Court. What are we going to do when we no longer have SCOTUS decisions based on what feels good and makes us happy. And if they start stressing personal responsibility, what next will they impose on us. Oh if only we’d nominated one of those 1000+ women who have the ability and experience to assume the Presidency of the U.S. without all the negatives, now this allows the Conservatives to come up with their own future female candidate. Dam!

  4. Facts that trumplethinskin supporters hate. “they’re a minority”.
    well if it worked for apartheid supporters, then I guess they will use the same excuses.

  5. There is some interesting data in this article, however, to show the full picture I think those numbers need to be compared to the total number of people that voted. For example, the population is considerably higher now than when Kennedy ran. Therefore, if turnout by percent was anywhere near the same, then the total number of people that voted would be higher.