Long before the presidential election was held, the media was awash with pundits calculating the Electoral College votes for each candidate and working out how each of the candidates could get to the magic number of 270 votes that would give them the presidency. Even campaign heads and staffers of the candidates were all over the airwaves talking up the routes to 270 for their candidates, and their campaign’s plans on how to get to that number of Electoral College votes. During this period, nobody spoke about the popular vote as the determining factor in who becomes president.

Neither the political pundits nor the campaigns and their staff spoke about winning the popular vote as a way to the White House. All the calculation was on the number of Electoral College votes needed, and the easiest or best route to acquiring them. What this means is that everybody clearly understood  how the presidential election system of the United States works. Everyone knew that the Electoral College votes decide who becomes President of the United States, and not the popular votes.

Considering the above, the current uproar against the Electoral College in the wake of the election of Donald J Trump as president of the United States smacks of politically motivated attacks. It’s amazing how the Democratic party and its agents and minions are suddenly against the Electoral College on which they based their political calculations prior to the presidential election, to the point where they’re accusing the new president of illegitimacy because he didn’t win the popular vote.

This is even more ridiculous when you consider that the Democratic party’s candidate in that election, Hillary Clinton, was so confident in her path to the 270 Electoral College votes that her campaign decided to ignore many parts of the country in order to focus on “the quickest route to collect the 270 Electoral College votes she needs to win the White House.” ~ Thomas Beaumont The Associated Press

“The last two elections have given Democrats an electoral path for victory, and our strategy is to efficiently use our resources to lock down the support we need to reach 270 electoral votes.” Clinton campaign adviser John Anzalone once said during the elections. Today, however, Democrats are so anti Electoral College votes that they believe President Trump should be denied the presidency even though he won 306 Electoral College votes, 36 more vote than he required, and 74 more than Hillary Clinton.

This can be considered a landslide victory under normal circumstances, but Democrats think he should not be president because his opponent won more popular votes than he did. This is despite the fact that Mr Trump won more states, 30, to Mrs Clinton’s 20,
2016 Presidential Election Results

 

 

as well as winning more battleground states 8 to her 5.

 

 

13 Swing States

 

Clinton Trump Others Clinton % Trump % Others % Dem ’12 Margin Dem ’16 Margin Margin Shift Total ’12 Votes Total ’16 Votes Raw Votes vs. ’12
AZ 1161167 1252401 159,597 45.1% 48.7% 6.2% -9.1% -3.5% 5.5% 2,299,254 2,573,165 11.9%
CO 1,338,870 1,202,484 238,866 48.2% 43.3% 8.6% 5.4% 4.9% -0.5% 2,569,521 2,780,220 8.2%
FL 4504975 4617886 297,178 47.8% 49.0% 3.2% 0.9% -1.2% -2.1% 8,474,179 9,420,039 11.2%
IA 653,669 800,983 111,379 41.7% 51.1% 7.1% 5.8% -9.4% -15.2% 1,582,180 1,566,031 -1.0%
ME 357735 335593 54,599 47.8% 44.9% 7.3% 15.3% 3.0% -12.3% 713,180 747,927 4.9%
MI 2,268,839 2,279,543 250,902 47.3% 47.5% 5.2% 9.5% -0.2% -9.7% 4,730,961 4,799,284 1.4%
MN 1,367,716 1,322,951 254,146 46.4% 44.9% 8.6% 7.7% 1.5% -6.2% 2,936,561 2,944,813 0.3%
NV 539260 512058 74,067 47.9% 45.5% 6.6% 6.7% 2.4% -4.3% 1,014,918 1,125,385 10.9%
NH 348,526 345,790 49,842 46.8% 46.5% 6.7% 5.6% 0.4% -5.2% 710,972 744,158 4.7%
NC 2189316 2362631 189,617 46.2% 49.8% 4.0% -2.0% -3.7% -1.6% 4,505,372 4,741,564 5.2%
OH 2,394,164 2,841,005 261,318 43.6% 51.7% 4.8% 3.0% -8.1% -11.1% 5,580,840 5,496,487 -1.5%
PA 2,926,441 2,970,733 218,228 47.9% 48.6% 3.6% 5.4% -0.7% -6.1% 5,753,546 6,115,402 6.3%
WI 1,382,536 1,405,284 188,330 46.5% 47.2% 6.3% 6.9% -0.8% -7.7% 3,068,434 2,976,150 -3.0%
In fact, the only reason Hillary Clinton had more popular votes than Donald Trump is the state of California where she got 4.3 million (8,753,788 to 4,483,810) votes than Trump. If you take California out of the equation, President Trump actually won the popular vote in the rest of the country by 1.4 million votes. So, therefore, the Democrats are asking for Hillary Clinton to be made president based on the votes of just one state. That she isn’t president demonstrates the genius of the Electoral College which was designed to stop a few states with high populations from dominating the presidential elections.

 

Non-Swing States by Popular Votes

 

Clinton Trump Others Clinton % Trump % Others % Dem ’12 Margin Dem ’16 Margin Margin Shift Total ’12 Votes Total ’16 Votes Raw Votes vs. ’12
AL 729,547 1,318,255 75,570 34.40% 62.10% 3.60% -22.20% -27.70% -5.50% 2,074,338 2,123,372 2.40%
AK 116,454 163,387 38,767 36.60% 51.30% 12.20% -14.00% -14.70% -0.70% 300,495 318,608 6.00%
AR 380494 684872 65,269 33.70% 60.60% 5.80% -23.70% -26.90% -3.20% 1,069,468 1,130,635 5.70%
CA 8,753,788 4,483,810 943,997 61.70% 31.60% 6.70% 23.10% 30.10% 7.00% 13,038,547 14,181,595 8.80%
CT 897,572 673,215 74,133 54.60% 40.90% 4.50% 17.30% 13.60% -3.70% 1,558,114 1,644,920 5.60%
DE 235,603 185,127 20,860 53.40% 41.90% 4.70% 18.60% 11.40% -7.20% 413,890 441,590 6.70%
DC 282,830 12,723 15,715 90.90% 4.10% 5.00% 83.60% 86.80% 3.10% 293,764 311,268 6.00%
GA 1,877,963 2,089,104 125,306 45.90% 51.00% 3.10% -7.80% -5.20% 2.70% 3,900,050 4,092,373 4.90%
HI 266,891 128,847 33,199 62.20% 30.00% 7.70% 42.70% 32.20% -10.50% 434,697 428,937 -1.30%
ID 189,765 409,055 91,435 27.50% 59.30% 13.20% -31.90% -31.80% 0.10% 652,274 690,255 5.80%
IL 3,090,729 2,146,015 299,680 55.80% 38.80% 5.40% 16.90% 17.10% 0.20% 5,242,014 5,536,424 5.60%
IN 1033126 1557286 144,546 37.80% 56.90% 5.30% -10.20% -19.20% -9.00% 2,624,534 2,734,958 4.20%
KS 427,005 671,018 86,379 36.10% 56.70% 7.30% -21.70% -20.60% 1.10% 1,159,971 1,184,402 2.10%
KY 628,854 1,202,971 92,324 32.70% 62.50% 4.80% -22.70% -29.80% -7.10% 1,797,212 1,924,149 7.10%
LA 780,154 1,178,638 70,240 38.40% 58.10% 3.50% -17.20% -19.60% -2.40% 1,994,065 2,029,032 1.80%
MD 1677928 943,169 160,349 60.30% 33.90% 5.80% 26.10% 26.40% 0.30% 2,707,327 2,781,446 2.70%
MA 1,995,196 1,090,893 238,957 60.00% 32.80% 7.20% 23.10% 27.20% 4.10% 3,167,767 3,325,046 5.00%
MS 485,131 700,714 23,512 40.10% 57.90% 1.90% -11.50% -17.80% -6.30% 1,285,584 1,209,357 -5.90%
MO 1,071,068 1,594,511 143,026 38.10% 56.80% 5.10% -9.40% -18.60% -9.30% 2,757,323 2,808,605 1.90%
MT 177,709 279,240 40,198 35.70% 56.20% 8.10% -13.70% -20.40% -6.80% 484,048 497,147 2.70%
NE 284,494 495,961 63,772 33.70% 58.70% 7.60% -21.80% -25.00% -3.30% 794,379 844,227 6.30%
NJ 2,148,278 1,601,933 123,835 55.50% 41.40% 3.20% 17.80% 14.10% -3.70% 3,640,292 3,874,046 6.40%
NM 385234 319666 93,418 48.30% 40.00% 11.70% 10.10% 8.20% -1.90% 783,758 798,318 1.90%
NY 4,547,218 2,814,346 348,562 59.00% 36.50% 4.50% 28.20% 22.50% -5.70% 7,072,083 7,710,126 9.00%
ND 93,758 216,794 33,808 27.20% 63.00% 9.80% -19.60% -35.70% -16.10% 322,932 344,360 6.60%
OK 420,375 949,136 83,481 28.90% 65.30% 5.70% -33.50% -36.40% -2.80% 1,334,872 1,452,992 8.80%
OR 1002106 782403 216,827 50.10% 39.10% 10.80% 12.10% 11.00% -1.10% 1,789,270 2,001,336 11.90%
RI 252,525 180,543 31,076 54.40% 38.90% 6.70% 27.50% 15.50% -11.90% 446,049 464,144 4.10%
SC 855,373 1,155,389 92,265 40.70% 54.90% 4.40% -10.50% -14.30% -3.80% 1,964,118 2,103,027 7.10%
SD 117,458 227,721 24,914 31.70% 61.50% 6.70% -18.00% -29.80% -11.80% 363,815 370,093 1.70%
TN 870,695 1,522,925 114,407 34.70% 60.70% 4.60% -20.40% -26.00% -5.60% 2,458,577 2,508,027 2.00%
TX 3,877,868 4,685,047 406,311 43.20% 52.20% 4.50% -15.80% -9.00% 6.80% 7,993,851 8,969,226 12.20%
UT 310,676 515,231 305,523 27.50% 45.50% 27.00% -48.00% -18.10% 30.00% 1,017,440 1,131,430 11.20%
VT 178,573 95,369 41,125 56.70% 30.30% 13.10% 35.60% 26.40% -9.20% 299,290 315,067 5.30%
VA 1,981,473 1,769,443 231,836 49.80% 44.40% 5.80% 3.90% 5.30% 1.50% 3,854,489 3,982,752 3.30%
WA 1,742,718 1,221,747 401,179 51.80% 36.30% 11.90% 14.90% 15.50% 0.60% 3,125,516 3,365,644 7.70%
WV 188,794 489,371 34,886 26.50% 68.60% 4.90% -26.80% -42.20% -15.40% 670,438 713,051 6.40%
WY 55,973 174,419 25,457 21.90% 68.20% 10.00% -40.80% -46.30% -5.50% 249,061 255,849 2.70%
The map below shows what the 2016 Presidential election results look like at the county level. This map, more than anything else, shows what a travesty it would be for Hillary Clinton to have been declared winner of the presidential election because Donald Trump beat her fair and square. The uproar by the Democratic party is fake and politically motivated, and makes that party look bad to anyone who understands presidential election system of the United States.

 

2016 Presidential elections County Level Results.

 

 

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