Hillary Clinton is winning the popular vote by an impressive margin with millions of votes left to count
Even though Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States, that is based on the Electoral College, not the popular vote. Hillary Clinton is winning the popular vote by an impressive margin, reported The New York Times. Plus, there are millions of votes left to count, according to the Houston Chronicle.
After all the ballots are counted, Clinton could be ahead by more than two million votes. That comes out to 1.5 percentage points.
And if the above turns out to be correct, she’d win more popular votes than any U.S. President has, aside from Barack Obama, reported Teen Vogue.
FYI, Obama’s final 2008 tally was 69,498,516 while Bush’s 2004 tally was 62,040,610.
Right now, there are approximately 60,898,528 votes for Clinton and 60,282,616 for Trump, according to David Wasserman, an editor at the Cook Political Report. He’s been keeping track in a public Google document, according to The Atlantic.
The Electoral College officially votes on December 19th. By then, Wasserman thinks Clinton could be ahead by two percentage points in the popular vote.
Meanwhile, you have probably heard of the Change.org petition. Its aim is to get the electoral vote overturned. As of this writing, it has almost 4 million supporters.
ICYMI, based on the Electoral College vote, Trump received 290 of the 270 needed to win the presidency, whereas Clinton received 228. The Change.org petition (among others) believes the popular vote should trump (no pun intended) the Electoral College one.
Some people believe the Electoral College should have the final say. Yet others believe a true democracy would be based on the popular vote.
However, the Electoral College has been around for-ever, so changing the way that a U.S. president is determined would likely be a complex process.
Where did the Electoral College come from anyway?!
A long time ago, our nation’s founders established it so the entire nation would have a more equal say in choosing the POTUS, according to CNN. However, times were obvs different then. For instance, states were more independent. Plus, the federal government did not have as much power as they do now. And, ICYMI, states with bigger populations get more Electoral College votes.
In the meantime, Clinton seems to be receiving an outpouring of support from her fans, including Bill Clinton.
For instance, when Clinton gave her concession speech, her husband whispered, “that’s my girl.” Awww. And kids have been writing Clinton chalk messages outside of her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.
Isn’t that the sweetest? (And we love the “Girl Power” one!)
On that note, we’re ~super impressed~ that Clinton’s popular vote tally continues to increase. And we hope it’s inspired little girls everywhere to remember that they, too, can run for president one day.