Presidential election popular vote for Hillary Clinton was more than any other losing presidential candidate in US history.
The popular vote presidential elections for Democrats out-paced President-elect Donald Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%), according to revised and certified final election results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Clinton’s 2.1% margin ranks third among defeated candidates in the popular vote presidential elections, according to statistics from US Elections Atlas. Andrew Jackson won by more than 10% in 1824 but was denied the presidency, which went to John Quincy Adams.
In 1876, Samuel Tilden received 3% more presidential election popular vote than Rutherford B. Hayes, who eventually triumphed by one electoral vote.
Though the legitimacy of his victory has never come into serious doubt, Trump has repeatedly argued, usually via Twitter, that he would have won the presidential election popular vote too, if that had been his focus.
“I would have done even better in the presidential election popular vote , if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote — but would campaign differently,” he tweeted as recently as Wednesday morning, more than six weeks after the election. In late November, Trump also falsely claimed that “millions” of Clinton voters had cast ballots “illegally.”
Meanwhile, high-profile Clinton supporters have held up the dissonant results as an argument for fundamentally changing the system.
A week after the popular vote presidential elections, retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat and vocal Clinton backer, introduced a bill to abolish the Electoral College.
“This is the only office in the land where you can get more popular vote presidential elections and still lose the presidency,” Boxer said in a statement. “The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately.”
The 2016 electoral presidential election popular vote will be counted on January 6 by a Joint Session of Congress, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the largely symbolic meeting. Trump will be inaugurated on January 20th in Washington.
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