Donald Trump won the presidential election but the left is refusing to accept the outcome claiming that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by racking up 2.9 million more votes than Trump. According to them, if the popular vote determined the election, Clinton would be our next president.
But that’s not how it works.
The Electoral College was designed to prevent regional candidates from dominating national elections.
Let’s take a look at California and understand why the Electoral College is so important.
California is the only state, in fact, where Clinton’s margin of victory was bigger than President Obama’s in 2012 — 61.5% vs. Obama’s 60%.
In recent years, California has been turning into what amounts to a one-party state. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of Californian’s who registered as Democrats climbed by 1.1 million, while the number of registered Republicans dropped by almost 400,000.
If you take California out of the popular vote equation, then Trump wins the rest of the country by 1.4 million votes.
And if California voted like every other Democratic state — where Clinton averaged 53.5% wins — Clinton and Trump end up in a virtual popular vote tie. (This was not the case in 2012. Obama beat Romney by 2 million votes that year, not counting California.)
Meanwhile, if you look at every other measure, Trump was the clear and decisive winner in this election.
Check this out:
Number of states won:
Number of electoral votes won:
Trump: + 68
Ave. margin of victory in winning states:
Trump: + 2.5 points
Popular vote total:
Clinton: + 2.8 million
Popular vote total outside California:
Trump: + 1.4 million
And that is why we have the Electoral College.
Because Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, the left is demanding that the electoral college system be scrapped, Bill O’Reilly said in his Talking Points Memo.
Without the electoral college system, candidates would only need to campaign and receive votes from people in large urban areas and population centers, like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston.
The electoral system was established in 1787 by the framers of the Constitution, prior to the first three states, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey ratifying the document that year.
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