The latest election totals showed that Mrs Clinton, who lost to outsider Mr Trump last month, has received more votes than Mr Obama didi in his 2012 victory, according to data from the National Archives.
Mrs Clinton’s lead is the largest of the five times when a US presidential candidate won the popular vote but failed to win the election. In fact, it is said that, aside from Mr Obama’s 2008 win, Mrs Clinton has received more votes than any other US presidential candidate in History.
The US has seen a dramatic rise in population over the last century, which would partly explain why Mrs Clinton received more votes than previous candidates. This year the US had 200 million registered voters for the first time in History. Clinton’s popular vote margin of 2.5 million falls short of the 3 million votes of G. W Bush victory in 2004. But this was a winning margin.
The last time a candidate won the popular vote but lost the election was in 2000, when President Bush received 500 000 fewer votes than Al Gore and still took the White House.
But does it really matter?
Mr Trump is well over the 270 Electoral college threshold with his insurmountabke lead of 306 votes to Mrs Clinton’s 232, which means that the recount campaign in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is unlikely to change the electoral result.
The disproportionate effect of her vote is focused in democratic dependent states like California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. “It reflects where the population shift is in America and that the population has become very coastal” said Mr Whalen.
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