Hillary Clinton Now Leads by 1.4 Million in History-Making Popular Vote Total

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Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by more than 1.4 million popular votes, as of November 18. Clinton’s growing lead has renewed calls in some corners to abolish the Electoral College.

The Cook Political Report and Dave Wasserman have compiled a continually updated popular vote tracker. Both candidates are still gaining votes as states count absentee and provisional ballots, millions of which were still uncounted after the election, especially in California.

Here are the updated popular vote totals as of November 18:

Clinton: 63,049,607
Trump: 61,610,484

That means Clinton now leads the popular vote by 1,439,123 votes. She leads 47.9% to 46.8%.

The issue for Clinton, according to the Wasserman/Cook Political Report numbers: Trump leads in the swing states. That gave him the Electoral College by a 290-232 margin and made him president-elect. Defenders of the Electoral College say it forces candidates to compete for the hearts and minds of Americans in all states, giving all states a voice in the presidential election.

Clinton’s vote total is a historic achievement. Clinton now has the third highest number of votes of any presidential candidate in U.S. history (she also became the fourth presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College). She is behind only Barack Obama’s two historic elections. However, she just surpassed the tally of George W. Bush.

Without the Electoral College, a few large cities and states (New York, L.A.), would determine every presidential election. Indeed, Clinton’s popular vote edge was boosted by millions from New York and California alone. Trump’s Electoral College lead is expected to grow after Michigan is formally called. Right now, he leads there by just over 13,000 votes, but the Associated Press is waiting to call the state until after the deadline for requesting a recount passes (candidates have to wait until votes are canvassed.)

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Hillary Clinton will be 73 years old in 2020. (Getty)

Some Clinton supporters have now turned to an improbable last-ditch scenario to make her president: Trying to convince electors, who will vote for the president in December, to ditch Trump even though many states now bind them to him. This is an improbable scenario because Trump has such a large margin in the Electoral College and because many of the electors are partisans. Clinton has conceded the election to president-elect Trump. Democratic electors pushing this scenario have called it “moral electors.”

Swing state popular vote, per the popular vote tracker:

Clinton: 21,212,441
Trump: 22,081,928

Clinton’s popular vote total is history making. Here’s how.

The first point is obvious but sometimes overshadowed by the at-times theatrical narratives this campaign season: Clinton was the first female major party nominee.

However, Clinton’s popular vote total also made history regardless of gender.

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: 63,049,607 (as of November 18)
4. George W. Bush 2004 62,039,073
5. Donald Trump 2016: 61,610,484 (as of November 18)
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)

Trump is also close to making history. He is on the cusp of surpassing Bush as the Republican presidential candidate with the most popular votes in U.S. history. He has the 5th highest popular vote total in U.S. history.

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California has filed legislation seeking to abolish the Electoral College, saying, “This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency.”

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Riots have spread across the country since Trump’s victory was announced. (Getty)

According to the National Archives and Records Administration, “The founding fathers established it (the Electoral College) in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.”

The site adds, “The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.”

Trump has fired back on Twitter against Electoral College critics (even though he once was one himself):

Noting that Hillary Clinton got more votes than Trump but still lost the election, Boxer said it is time to do away with an “outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society.”

In case you’re curious, Clinton has surpassed her husband, former President Bill Clinton, by millions of votes as the country’s number of eligible voters continues to grow. Bill Clinton earned 45,590,703 popular votes in 1996 and 44,908,254 in 1992, according to 270toWin.

A few other random popular vote totals from history: John F. Kennedy received 34,227,096 votes in an exceptionally close 1960 election against Richard Nixon. Franklin D. Roosevelt received 27,244,160 votes in 1940. In 1824, Andrew Jackson was able to win the presidency with just 153,544 votes.

You can see more popular vote and electoral college results for historic elections here.

The uncounted ballots won’t change the Electoral College math because they come in states Clinton won by a large margin already, especially California. However, they will continue pushing her popular vote total higher.


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143 Comments

Jkuhns

Take California out of popular vote and Republican candidate won popular vote. So rest of country one way vs California. By popular vote California would dictate result vs rest of nation simply because of population. Good thing there is an electoral college. Nothing against California just looking at math.

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Anonymous

Actually when you compare the representation of the Electoral college vs the popular vote the results don’t change. California is running up the PV tally, but the votes are still represented in a fair manner. CA represents 10.22% of the electoral college and their projected popular votes represents 10.30% of the vote on a national level.

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Ernest

The population of the United States is increasing; for the raw counts to be relevant they should be shown as a percentage of population eligible to vote in each of these elections.

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Anonymous

No way Hillary loses the SWING STATE popular vote count and pushes her popular vote total pass 62 mill WITH THE VOTE COUNT FROM CALIFORNIA STILL TO COME. Hillary leads without A huge populated state in her column.

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Tuan

Yes! So ditch the electoral system and let the illegal Mexican decide who our president should be….let them burn our flags and bring their own from cross the border too….lol….

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allie

her ‘popular’ vote is the exact reason you need an electoral college. we were saved from a ‘good ole boys’ corrupt dc politics as usual & the clinton mafia which were in collusion with the corrupt media ,big money backups & voter fraud. come on. california giving illegals drivers licences & the power of a vote?! as a recent college graduate, i can attest to the fact that students are being taught WHAT to think & not HOW to think; & that thinking is decidedly LEFT ONLY. if you dont have a good background in critical thinking, debate, american history & civics, you are doomed to a great deal of ignorance through higher ‘education’ today.

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Anonymous

Were you told that students are being taught WHAT to think and just believe it, or were you taught how to think and came to this conclusion on your own? Either way, your statement about college is crap.

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Anonymous

If your are a college graduate, why is your grammar and punctuation at the middle school level?

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Arthur

Now take away the 3 million illegal voters that voted and she is behind by 2 million in the popular vote. Once illegals are finally deported the next election will be an even wider margin. Stoopid democrats illegals are forbidden but hey if you can ship enough in under your watch you can win an illegal vote so you did it anyways even at the detriment of this country. The whole lot of democrats running this circus should be in jail for their crimes against this country period.

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Jeff Tribe

LA County handed Hilary a 1.6 million vote majority. One county. More than her TOTAL “popular vote” majority. So ditch the Electoral College, and enforce this single County’s God-given right to always choose the Democrat candidate (no matter who they are) as America’s president… forever… no matter what the other 300 million Americans may think.

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Jeff Tribe

The population of the USA has grown by just over 1 per cent per year since the eighties (e.g. 2004 = 290 mil, 2016 = 325 mil). So total number of voters per candidate is meaningless, with number of voters on offer growing every year. On percentage of voters (the only VALID stat) Hilary rates 12th (with Trump one place lower at 13). In other words, this ENTIRE ARTICLE is based on bogus reckoning.

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Anonymous

Left out Bill Clinton’s “wins” in 1992 and 1996. President Clinton received only 43% of the popular vote in 1992, and only 49% of the popular vote in 1996. Without the Electoral College, he could never have been President. But of course you knew that but chose to leave it out – fact omissions serves your site well.

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Jenn

No fact omissions – you are simply incorrect. Bill Clinton won both popular and electoral college in 1992 and 1996. He actually won by a significant majority both years.
In 1992, Clinton: 43%, Bush: 37.4% and Perot:18.9
In 1996 Clinton: 49%, Dole 40.7% and Perot 8.4%

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Trisha

Question: did Bill Clinton become President of the United States ONLY because he won the electoral vote? Of course. Percentage of popular vote for Bill Clinton: 1992 – 43%. 1996 – 49% Hillary never said a word about the popular vote controversy, did she? But of course you all knew that and just forgot to mention it, didn’t you?

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Jenn

YES Clinton won the popular vote. In 1992, Clinton had 43%, Bush had 37.4 and Perot had 18.9

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Carl martin

how many ww1 vets voted for clinton
Also how many illegal votes bet there where 3 million in California alone

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tess

about 2 mil illegals voted for Hillary at the behest of President Obama. When I heard him say it was ok to vote if your an illegal I could not believe my ears. What is wrong with this man? Is the stupid? Does he not know that illegals cannot vote?

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