Nearly a week since the presidential election, all the ballots have yet to be counted, and yet it’s already been determined that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a massive margin. At this point, Hillary has almost two million more votes than President-Elect Donald Trump. Can he keep his position despite this?
It was a major upset on election day, November 8, when Donald Trump, 70, managed to win the electoral vote and become our next president of the United States. Democrats were shocked and devastated at the news for various reasons, but the loss hit harder when it was revealed that Hillary Clinton, 69, won the popular vote by a landslide. The Electoral College may have cast their votes for Trump, but We the People wanted Hillary as president.
So wait; what does that mean? On Saturday, November 12, there were still millions of votes left to be counted, trickling in from absentee and mail-in ballots, and massive states like California. Hillary already has a substantial lead on Trump, but by the time all votes are counted, the tally is thought to be insurmountable: two million votes and more than 1.5 percentage points, according to Nate Cohn of the New York Times.
This is a far wider margin than Richard Nixon in 1968 (0.7 points) and John F. Kennedy in 1960 (0.2 points). It’s shocking to see that it surpassed the margin between George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000, widely cited as the example of the worst in modern history at 0.5 points. Not anymore, not even close.
For anyone hoping that the massive popular vote lead means Hillary has another chance at regaining the presidency, don’t get your hopes up. Trump is still president-elect after obtaining the necessary electoral votes, which he did on election night. It does not matter the outcome of the popular vote count at this point, though Hillary can take solace in knowing that voters turned out in the millions to support her as their commander-in-chief.
There is a very, very unlikely chance that the Electoral College could change their mind. Again, highly unlikely. But Electors are legally casting their ballots on December 19, and they do have the option of not voting for Trump, despite the wishes of their state, if they so choose. It is very rare that this happens.
HollywoodLifers, do you think it’s unfair that Hillary won the popular vote by such a wide margin and isn’t president? Tell us in the comments!