Published On:December 22, 2016, 12:47 pm
More of the American citizens voted for Hillary Clinton as compared to any other losing presidential candidate in US history. The Democrat surmounted President-elect Donald Trump by nearly 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%), and this reading was according to rechecked and certified final election outcome from all the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Hillary Clinton’s 2.1% margin stands third amongst the defeated candidates, as per the statistics from US elections Atlas. In 1824, Andrew Jackson won by more than 10% however was denied the presidency, which eventually went to John Quincy Adams. Samuel Tilden in 1876, garnered 3% more votes than Rutherford B. Hayes, who finally jubilated by one electoral vote.
In what way did Trump’s performance in the popular vote category stacked up?
Clinton beat President-elect Donald Trump by 2.1% in the national popular vote. Her almost 2.9 million vote benefit is the greatest raw total among the candidates who failed to win the presidency. Samuel Tilden (1876) and Andrew Jackson (1824) are the only two others who won by a greater percentage without claiming the white house. Even though the authenticity of his victory did not come into a serious doubt, Donald Trump has again and again argued, generally using over the social media platform Twitter, that he would have gained the victory in the popular vote category too if that had been his focus.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning, "I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote -- but would campaign differently." In late of November, Trump also falsely claimed that “millions” of Clinton voters had cast ballots “illegitimately.”
In the meantime, Clinton’s high-profile supporters have held up the discrepant outcomes as an argument for essentially changing the system. A week post the presidential elections, retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California and a vocal Clinton supporter, incorporated a bill to eliminate the Electoral College.
He stated in a statement, "This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency, The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately."
Just two days later, Charlie Rangel, a Congressman from New York put forward companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
In the final count, Clinton surmounted, President Barack Obama’s 2012 total by 389,944 votes, however tapered defeat in prime battleground states meant that Obama won 100 more electoral votes on the Election Day.
If all the electors had voted in agreement with their states’ election results at the time of meetings on Monday, Donald Trump would have gained 56.9% -- or 306 -- of the 538 available electoral votes. His final share was lowered to 56.5% owing to two desertions. Clinton won 232 electoral votes on 8th of November; however “faithless electors” towed down her total.
The 2016 electoral votes will be finally counted on 6th of January 2017, by a Joint Session of Congress, along with Vice President Joe Biden commanding over the large and the most symbolic meeting. Lastly, Donald Trump will be inaugurated on 20th January 2017 in Washington.
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