How did Hillary Clinton win popular vote, but lose election?

Olive Rios
November 20, 2016

The Electoral College was born.

After businessman Donald Trump won the United States presidential election, pundits and TV commentators who fervently supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton started to talk about what went wrong with her campaign.

We can probably take his word for it.

In 2012, Trump denounced the electoral college in a tweet, calling it a "disaster for democracy".

In a democratic country, if Candidate A leads Candidate B by more than one million votes, Candidate A should be declared the victor by a wide margin.

While Clinton won nearly 1 million more votes than he did overall because she carried population-heavy states like California and NY, she only won the popular vote in 19 states plus D.C. - giving her 232 electoral votes. Yet neither became president. Adding to the discussion are recent reports of individual electors in the states carried by Trump enduring outside pressure to change their votes from Trump to Clinton.

"The Electoral College absolutely should be abolished, but it's not going to be", Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University in Washington, DC, said Friday.

Mr. Trump will move into the White House on January 20.

For historical perspective, the Electoral College was a compromise among drafters of the U.S. Constitution.

One of the state's electoral college members has a Republican man cave filled with GOP memorabilia and history.

So, what does any of this have to do with the Electoral College electing the next President?

The former would be almost impossible; one group, National Popular Vote, is attempting the latter. Usually the victor also receives the most votes from individual voters, known as the "popular vote".

As designed in the Constitution, America's presidential election is very much a product of the states-channeling the principle of "federalism" that the Founders cherished. A further 42 percent said they would refuse to vote, even if they had the chance.

MATHIS: Politics makes hypocrites of us all.

Coincidently, Trump, Bush, Hayes/ and Harrison are all Republicans, while Adams predates the two-party system the U.S. has today.

Several members of Tennessee's Electoral College delegation told The Tennessean this week they've received as many as 200 emails per day and a handful of phone calls.

Haven't Americans come of age yet, to the point where they can truly declare theirs to be a country of one man, one vote?

California, thanks to 2011 legislation by state Sen.

The state of MI and the state of Wisconsin, among others, on November 8 put Hillary Clinton, most Democrats, and much of the news media in a state of shock. Voters 45 and over leaned toward the now President-elect Trump. There are a total of 538 votes in the Electoral College. The Nov. 8 election does not appear to have changed Americans' modestly more positive views of the Democratic Party, at least in the short term.

Under the Constitution, the House - now under Republican control - decides the presidency if no candidate reaches the required electoral vote majority. "But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes".

The Electoral College system was created to ensure that presidents would have to receive support from a diverse array of people around the country. Additionally, in the 12 elections since 1968, only two candidates prior to Trump won without a clear popular majority: Bush in 2000 and Bill Clinton, twice. Others, like Andrew Rudalevige in the Washington Post, offer explanations about how the Electoral College could be altered, if at all. CT should join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. States that are not in play routinely have lower voter turnout than states where the campaign plays out.

They will also hold the most governorships since 1922 - probably 32 or 33, depending on a recount in North Carolina.

Fox had his own experience with the weight of a vote. Pakistan is another. Many countries have direct elections, while others such as the United Kingdom have monarchs as heads of state, directly electing their legislature or parliament.

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