Popular Vote Final 2016 Results: Clinton Margin Was 2.1%

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Hillary Clinton. (Getty)

The final, certified popular vote totals are now in, and they show that Hillary Clinton earned a historic number of popular votes.

Specifically, Clinton led Republican and victor Donald Trump by 2.1% or almost 2.9 million votes.

According to CNN, the final totals from all states are as follows:

Clinton: 65,844,954 (48.2%)
Trump: 62,979,879 (46.1%)

That gives Clinton a lead of 2,865,075. Trump had a popular vote lead in the swing states.

Here’s how Clinton’s total is historic: She earned more popular votes than any other candidate in U.S. history except Barack Obama. However, Trump’s popular vote tally was also historic. He earned more popular votes than any other Republican candidate in U.S. history.

No candidate in history has won the popular vote by so much yet lost the White House. However, those who favor the Electoral College system that gave Trump his victory point out that Clinton’s lead is largely the margin in California alone (she bested Trump in that state by more than 4 million votes). The Founders created the Electoral College system so that candidates would have to compete for the hearts and minds of all Americans.

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In a series of tweets after the popular vote totals were certified, Trump accused Clinton of focusing on the wrong states. He’s said if the popular vote determined the presidency, he would have campaigned in different states.

Here’s how Clinton’s 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. Hillary Clinton 2016: 65,844,954
3. Barack Obama 2012: 65,446,032
4. Donald Trump 2016: 62,979,879
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)

Only three other presidential candidates have also won the popular vote, while losing the Electoral College.

None won the popular vote by such a margin – not even close.

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.

Donald Trump Again Tweets About Losing the Popular Vote

President-Elect Donald Trump again said in a series of tweets this morning that he would have won the popular vote if he campaigned differently.

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  1. “The Founders created the Electoral College system so that candidates would have to compete for the hearts and minds of all Americans.”

    Uhh, no, they created it because popular vote couldn’t be counted back in the day. That’s right, we didn’t have popular vote for many states choosing the electors in the country’s inception. But the author’s political bias in writing this article is overwhelming.

    “He’s said if the popular vote determined the presidency, he would have campaigned in different states.”

    Hillary won the popular vote ‘without’ campaigning differently. Trump’s logic is flawed, but what he said is aimed at a flawed, illiterate base.

    • Notneo,


      You don’t know shit about the electoral college.

      The electoral college was founded so one state does not determine the presidency.
      If it was just the popular vote, a candidate could campaign only in 1 state and win the entire race.
      It’s the law of the land, the entire country not just 1 or 2 states. The popular vote doesn’t matter. It’s the electoral college that wins. Info wars also is more accurate than cnn, nbc, fox and the rest of the media outlet. It’s the media that helped her lose by stating she was so high in the polls.

    • Neo, illiterate?

      Illiterate is thinking the popular vote is the way to the presidency.
      She did campaign wrong, hence, she lost. Duh.

  2. Three million more of American taxpayers voted for Hillary. Dead people and illegals and aliens landing in Central Part are part of FAKE news from InfoWars.

  3. to shaner,what is it between you and trump,you are probably his minister for education bcus you know every thing,everyone is wrong but you.i think you should channel this your all knowing your new buffoon elect,he knows nothing.

    • He has done more for the country since he won than Obama has done in 8 years, and trump hasn’t taken office yet.
      Wake the fck up. You can’t be this stupid gladgold

  4. HILLARY DID NOT WIN THE POPULAR VOTE SHE & OBAMA BLOCKED THE MILITARY VOTE So, why aren’t soldiers voting? In many cases they simply can’t, and they have their commander in chief, President Obama, to blame. Hundreds of thousands of our uniformed personnel have been shut out of the process, and we can thank the Obama administration and even the Obama campaign for this tragedy. After poor turnout in 2008, Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (Move) Act to ensure that all military are provided with the opportunity to vote, OBAMA REFUSES TO FUND IT .The Obama administration should be prosecuted for knowingly and willingly violating the Move Act, as well as the Voting Rights Act. While selectively choosing not to fund this law, Obama and his Department of Justice have at the same time been on a crusade suing states with voter-identification laws, accusing them of “voter suppression” and promoting funding illegal immigrates right to vote.

    • Obviously you do not understand the system. The legislature funds the cost of laws passed. This is without exception. It’s the budget passed by Congress every year or every couple months or when they feel like

  5. Please note that the comment of Hillary’s vote lead was majorly from California is kind of nonsensical as California is the most populated state and ~ 1/6 of the US population. The same thing is that Trumps lead came primarily though deep south and in midwest was close. In short, the point is that Hillary won by 3 million votes BUT due to the outdated system of electoral votes made centuries ago, people’s choice has not been chosen as the president. It is one vote, one voice, i.e., democracy is not alive in the US. :) … PS: Another kind revision might be Hillary won more than any other people with the exception of Obama 2008. She actually earned more than Obama 2012.