Oliver Willis

Trump’s Popular Vote Compared To Clinton, Obama, And Bush

Final 2016 Election Electoral Vote And Popular Vote Results

Here are some facts about the popular vote margin in the 2016 U.S. presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election. As of November 29, 2016, he earned 62,494,202 votes (46.4% of the total). Hillary Clinton got 64,827,442 votes (48.2%), earning her 2,333,240 more votes than Trump.

Donald Trump won the Electoral College, which is what determines the presidency. He earned 306 electoral votes, while Clinton earned 232 electoral votes. 270 electoral votes is the amount needed to win the presidency.

Trump’s Illegal Vote Lie

Trump released a tweet with a lie, claiming that several million votes in the election were cast “illegally.” The independent fact-checking site Politifact rated this a lie and gave their “pants on fire” rating to the claim. Politifact explained, “Neither Trump nor his allies have presented any evidence of widespread illegal voting. In reality, studies have consistently shown that voter fraud is nowhere near common enough to call into question millions and millions of votes.”

Trump’s Landslide Lie

Trump’s campaign chairwoman and spokesperson Kellyanne Conway claimed that Trump’s electoral vote victory was “historic” and a “landslide.” This is a lie as well. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight explained: “in a historical context, Trump’s Electoral College performance is decidedly below-average.” Silver points out that of the 54 elections since 1804, Trump’s share of the electoral vote ranks 44th.

Trump Electoral Vote Compared To Previous Presidents

Ranked among the winners of the last 10 elections, Trump only got more electoral votes than one president: George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Trump performed worse than Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Presidents Who Lost The Popular Vote

Four other presidents have lost the popular vote.

1824: John Quincy Adams lost the popular vote by more than 38,000 votes
1876: Rutherford B. Hayes lost the popular vote by more than 250,000 votes
1888: Benjamin Harrison lost the popular vote by more than 90,000 votes
2000: George W. Bush lost the popular vote by more than 540,000 votes

Trump’s popular vote loss of over 2 million votes is the worst performance by a candidate who won the Electoral College in American history.