Hillary Clinton wins popular US vote while Trump becomes president

Hillary Clinton wins popular US vote while Trump becomes president
Published: 2016 November 09 17:15:44 (7047 Views)
Hillary Clinton has won more votes than Donald Trump, even though she will not become the new president.

On the morning after election night, Clinton had collected 59.4 million votes, giving her a 47.7% share, while Mr Trump had 59.2 million votes and a 47.5% share.

But because of the way that the electoral college works, Donald Trump is the winner of the presidency.



The Republican candidate has only ever won the popular vote once since 1998, when George W Bush became president in 2004. As such, it would also mark the second time that a Democratic leader has won the popular vote but failed to become the president, because the same thing happened to Al Gore at that election.

The gap between the two different measures of popularity have proved controversial in the past, including in 2000 when the closeness of the results provoked anger and a succession of legal challenges.

The electoral college means that the number of votes each candidate gets only roughly correlates with the winner.

What actually matters is the number of electoral college votes that each candidate gets – meaning that all that matters is the number and size of the states that each candidate has a majority in, rather than the size of that overall majority.



Source - Independent

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