According to Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Hillary Clinton has surpassed a two million popular vote lead over Donald Trump. In total, Clinton has racked up 64,223,958 votes. President-Elect Donald Trump has attained 62,206,395 votes.
The 2 million spread in Clinton’s favor means little considering Trump won Election Day when he surpassed the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. Following the election, Trump tweeted: “The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!”
This is not the first time the presidency is won by the candidate who lost the popular vote.
In 1824, John Quincy Adams was elected president despite not winning either the popular vote. Andrew Jackson received 38,000 more votes.
In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes won the election, but he lost the popular vote by more than 250,000 ballots to Samuel J. Tilden.
In 1888, Benjamin Harrison received 233 electoral votes to Grover Cleveland’s 168, winning the presidency. But Harrison lost the popular vote by more than 90,000 votes.
In 2000, George W. Bush was declared the winner of the general election despite Al Gore grabbing approximately 540,000 more votes than Bush.
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