U.S. Politics

Final Popular Vote Total Shows Hillary Clinton Won Almost 3 Million More Ballots Than Donald Trump


It’s by far the largest margin of victory in the popular vote for a candidate who did not win the election.

Donald Trump is set to be sworn in next month as the 45th president of the United States, despite garnering almost 3 million fewer votes than his challenger.

With the presidential election results now certified in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton won a total of 65,844,610 votes ― 48.2 percent ― compared with Trump’s 62,979,636 votes ― 46.1 percent ― according to David Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Other candidates took 7,804,213 ballots, or about 5.7 percent of the popular vote.

Clinton’s margin of victory in the popular vote is the largest in raw numbers for any candidate who has gone on to lose in the Electoral College. Her margin of victory is almost six times larger than that of Democrat Al Gore, whose popular vote win in 2000 is now the second-largest in this category. Gore received about 500,000 more votes than Republican George W. Bush, but came up short in the Electoral College after a hotly contested race in Florida.

Trump’s substantial deficit in the popular vote makes his margin by percentage of votes the third-worst among winning candidates since 1824 (when the popular vote was first officially recorded), according to an analysis by The New York Times published earlier this week.

Thanks to the Electoral College, none of this matters. Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232 on Election Day, securing him a comfortable victory last month. Although many of Trump’s opponents had spent the past few weeks trying to figure out how they could deny the real estate mogul a path to the White House, the Electoral College on Monday further secured his win.

A total of 304 electors cast their votes in favor of the GOP nominee, meaning just two Republican electors defected. Some 227 cast their presidential ballots for Clinton, with five Democratic electors switching their vote. Those seven defecting electors voted for other candidates.

Trump’s team has tried to deflect focus away from the popular vote over the past month, with Trump himself even mentioning what he referred to as a “massive landslide victory” in the Electoral College. PolitiFact ruled that claim “false,” noting that Trump’s win ranks near the bottom in terms of the portion of total available electoral votes won by a candidate.

Nick Wing

7 thoughts on “Final Popular Vote Total Shows Hillary Clinton Won Almost 3 Million More Ballots Than Donald Trump

  1. Cannot argue against one person, one vote but still do not want a situation wherein carrying the two or three biggest cities in a dozen states by huge majorities gives a candidate popular vote and electoral college vote. Then we do have a concentrated oligarchy of voters wherein the megatechnopolis rules the nation. Gee Ted, dem city slickers don’t know nary hardly nuttin about corn or good fishin’, or church, or flooding rivers and not being able to afford a new fire engine for the town. Dem city people care only about getting more welfare. All the rest of us would really be disenfranchised. No rural and suburban issues would ever make it to the floors of either house. There would be no reason to vote as key population centers control it all. There was no popular vote in original constitution as only 69 electors elected Washington. So it seems intent was that states elect a president not people. Now that all citizens may vote , the states and people elect president in electoral college, not just people or just states which is an extension of enfranchisement. The “lovable” Bill O’rielly said on FOX yesterday what few will point out that if cities elect the president and majority of city population is minority and democratic base the elections then are determined by race. The left wants electoral college to be eliminated so they win with race card. That is so ugly to even talk about whether true or not. That is a very distasteful and unfortunate reality to apprehend. So to campaign a candidate need only visit big state, big cities and appeal to minority voters only and that’s victory because we are plagued with single issue politics and identity politics which both parties have created but especially HillaryBillary. And, hey, what’s wrong with the Pony Express ? Quite often works better than my hacked dysfunctional internet ! Horse hater you are !


  2. Take California out of picture, Hillary gets 50+ fewer electoral votes and Trump wins popular votes by 1 .6 million. I don’t want California electing the president nor do I want huge majorities in say two big cities in each of less than a dozen states electing a president.

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    1. Good point, Carl. That’s why I want the PRESIDENT elected by the individual votes of every qualified voter.

      The Electoral College is a ‘dinosaur’ that should have been made extinct as soon as the instant transmission of the verified written or digital vote of every legal voter became possible! Is that not the method by which AMERICA’S PRESIDENT should be elected?
      One person, one vote! The Presidential candidate with the most votes WINS! Isn’t that what OUR DEMOCRACY is all about?


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