Hillary Clinton got more votes than Donald Trump

After the electoral map turned red on election night, the polls continuously projected a Clinton margin in the popular vote. Since Trump’s victory, many diagnoses, think-pieces, campaign analyses, Conservative gloating and Liberal self-questioning, a striking fact seems to pass unnoticed.

More Americans seem to have voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump.


According to CNN, by 13:00 on Wednesday, Hillary held a slight lead of 47.7 percent to Donald’s 47.5 percent. This is a margin of roughly 230 000 votes with only 92 percent of the votes having been counted. According to the New York Times’ forecast, the districts that remain are inclined to widen that gap.


Trump’s electoral victory is largely a geographical mishap.

The fact that Trump won with fewer votes is largely a mishap of the electoral and geographical voting system in the U.S. The main reason for this discrepancy is that Hillary’s votes were more heavily concentrated in a few big states, especially California and New York, which she won by 28 percentage points and 21 percentage points. However, Trump won the biggest red state, Texas, by a less-impressive 9-point margin, while carrying several swing states by small margins.

The rules of the challenge were clear to both candidates, and Trump won. Unfortunately, the results of the popular vote does not affect who wins the election, that falls to the results of the Electoral College. It does not withdraw from Trump’s authority to run the country as it does not void his victory.


A point has to be made that the electoral system is erroneous and should either be revised or scrapped, but, it has been noted before and there is no reason to believe it will succeed this time – or that the party that has now benefited twice in the past five elections from this said flaw would allow for its fixing or alteration anytime soon.

Still, it matters that Clinton received more votes than Trump in the U.S. presidential election. It means that most Americans are not Trump supporters—not even a multiplicity of Americans are Trump supporters and it damages the argument that Trump “has been given a mandate,” as his campaign manager declared on Wednesday.

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The fact that Clinton won the popular vote is not a cause for Democrats to celebrate, nor is it cause for outrage and violence. It’s simply a reminder that the U.S. remains deeply divided and that the election was far closer than the electoral map makes it look, and that we should all be wary of post-election arguments that make overemphasise Trump’s victory.


Jonothan Hen-Boisen
Digital Content Creator

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