The final election results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are in, and the result is an electoral college win for Donald Trump and a loss to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes.
Clinton received 65,844,954 votes while Trump received 62,979,879. That mean she got 48.2% and he received 46.1%.
Clinton’s 2.1% popular vote margin of victory is the third highest among presidential election losers following Andrew Jackson (10%) and Samuel Tilden (3%).
The fact that he won the election but had less votes appears to annoy Trump, who has continually tweeted about his odd victory.
He falsely claimed he won the electoral college in a “landslide,” and also lied and said that “people who voted illegally” contributed to Clinton’s popular vote victory. Trump supporters have also claimed that votes from California – the most populous state and a major driver of international growth due to businesses like Google, Apple, and most of Silicon Valley – should not be counted since Clinton had such an overwhelming victory there.
Even after the Electoral College officially found him as the winner, Trump continued to whine. On December 21 he wrote, “Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!” He also wrote, “I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote – but would campaign differently.”
History will forever record Trump’s 2016 performance alongside George W. Bush, his fellow Republican who won the electoral college and the presidency, but failed to win a plurality of votes cast in the actual election. The biggest difference between Bush’s performance in 2000 and Trump’s in 2016 is that Bush’s election was much closer. Bush lost the popular vote to Gore by about 500,000 votes. Trump’s popular vote loss is nearly 600% higher than Bush’s.