Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Clinton's popular vote lead passes the 2 million mark

David M Jackson , USA TODAY 7:21 p.m. EST November 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton's margin in the popular vote against President-elect Donald Trump has surpassed 2 million, furthering the record for a candidate who lost in the Electoral College.

Thanks to votes still being counted in California and other western areas, Clinton's vote advantage hit the 2 million mark on Wednesday morning, according to Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.

As of mid-day Wednesday, Wasserman's spread sheet had Clinton at 64,225,863 votes to Trump's 62,210,612.

Much of that lead was generated by California, where Clinton had 3.7 million more votes than Trump in the last totals reported Tuesday evening.

The Democratic vote was not distributed well enough across the country, however; Trump carried most of the states and prevailed in the Electoral College.


Trump, who was once a critic of the Electoral College, now says a popular vote-only system would force candidates to campaign only in bigger states like California, Texas, Florida, and New York.

"I think the popular vote would have been easier in a true sense because you’d go to a few places," Trump told The New York Times. "I think that’s the genius of the Electoral College. I was never a fan of the Electoral College until now."

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