Now that the election is over and the Electoral College finally casting their votes on Saturday, now we can do the final vote calculations.
Here’s the Cook Political Report totals for the popular vote tally.
- Popular Vote Totals: Hillary Clinton: 65,844,610; Donald Trump: 62,979,636; All Others: 7,804,213 (Total)
- Popular Vote Percentage: Hillary Clinton (48.2%); Donald Trump (46.1%); All Others (5.7%)
The final numbers of 136,628,459 in 2016 obscured those in 2012 of 129,075,630. The U.S. is a constitutional republic and not a pure democracy. Due to this, the popular vote is not a key factor that determines the winner.
The Huffington Post reports that Hillary’s popular vote advantage is the highest in U.S. history:
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 rivals made a move to turn electorates against the president-elect. This move eventually led to desertion from both the Clinton and Trump camps, but eventually, more turned on Hillary and supported Trump.
Here’s an early report by IJR:
Trump received 304 electoral votes, crushing his opponents’ hopes of a revolt among the nation’s electors. Hillary Clinton received just 227 electoral votes.
In an interesting twist, there were seven “faithless” electors who voted for different candidates than the ones they were pledged to — and more defied Clinton [five delegates] than Trump [two delegates] despite the narrative that’s been percolating in the media.
An analysis by Wall Street Journal discovered that the presence of third party nominees cannot explain Hillary’s loss to Trump:
A new Politico/Morning Consult study reveals how much belief the U.S. citizens gave to Clinton about the argument that cost her the election.
Just one-third of Americans say they believe Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Forty-four percent of the 2,000 voters polled Dec. 15 through Dec. 17 said they do not think Russia influenced November’s election, while a quarter are still unsure.
There are common facts inserted into the Cook Political Report database:
- 13 Swing States: Trump tops Clinton (22,249,342 to 21,433,214)
- All Other States: Clinton tops Trump (44,411,396 to 40,730,294)
- California: Clinton over Trump (8,753,788 to 4,483,810)
- New York: Clinton over Trump (4,547,218 to 2,814,346)
In the last study, Donald Trump managed to achieve victory in 37 states, whereas Hillary in only 13 states. As NRO reports:
Building on a point I made last week about how geographically narrow and insular the Democrats’ support is right now, consider this: Hillary Clinton won a majority of the popular vote in only thirteen states, the fewest of any major-party nominee since Bob Dole in 1996. That’s an astoundingly poor performance. Facing an opponent so deeply flawed that Democrats were visibly salivating over running against him, she carried a popular majority in half as many states as Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, barely more than half as many as Mitt Romney.
This could serve the Democrats well to comprehend why Hillary won only 13 states, instead to pass on the blame to people in order to explain Trump’s win in the battleground states.