As the last ballots continue to be counted, Secretary Hillary Clinton leads President Elect Donald Trump by 227,800 votes. Despite this “win” in the popular vote, Donald Trump is the President Elect and Hillary Clinton is unemployed. Similar to the 2000 election between Al Gore and President George W. Bush, the winner of the popular vote will not win the electoral college. In 2000, however, the electoral college margin was extremely narrow with President Bush squeaking by with 272 electoral votes when Florida was finally called on his behalf in December. In 2016, however, President Elect Trump dominated the electoral college likely winning a whopping 306 electoral votes. Trump won everything. He won traditional swing states Florida (carried by Obama twice), Ohio (carried by Obama twice), and North Carolina (carried by Obama in 2008). He also won Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and likely Michigan although he has not been officially declared the winner there yet. Trump’s electoral landslide, accompanied with the Republicans’ victories in several Senate, House, and Governor elections gives Trump a mandate to govern.
When studying the popular vote, it is also important to note that Donald Trump actually received one million fewer votes than Mitt Romney and about 200,000 fewer votes than John McCain. Both Romney and McCain lost badly to President Barack Obama in the popular vote as well as the electoral college. The difference for the Democrats in 2016 is that Hillary Clinton earned 10 million fewer votes than Barack Obama earned in 2008 and over 5 million fewer than Obama in 2012. 2016 was supposed to be the year of massive voter turnout, yet it ended up exactly the opposite as many stayed home from the polls.
Trump’s election victory will be made official on December 19 when all 538 electoral delegates will meet to officially elect Donald J. Trump the next President of the United States.