Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump by 1 million in popular vote: Vote tracker data

November 16, 2016 6:00 am

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to staff and supporters at the New Yorker hotel after her defeat in the presidential election on November 9, 2016 in New York. (Photo by AFP)

The lead of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her Republican rival as the US president-elect in the popular vote has grown to more than one million.
Clinton is leading with 61,964,263 votes against Trump’s 60,961,967 votes, according to the 2016 US national popular vote tracker data released by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report on Tuesday.
Reacting to the statistics, the president-elect wrote on his Twitter page that he would have run a different campaign and won more popular votes if he had focused more on the swing states considering his loss in New York and California.
“I would have campaigned in New York, Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily” Trump said.
Trump had earlier complained about the electoral college system, in which each state is worth a different number of votes, saying he had “respect” for the system but he preferred the popular vote method.
“I’m not going to change my mind just because I won. But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes,” he noted.
On November 8, most American voters partaking in the election voted for Clinton but Trump came out victorious by winning key states and banking their electoral votes.
The US president-elect won 290 of the total 538 electoral votes, compared to Clinton’s 228.

Trump gives a speech during election night in New York on November 8, 2016.  (Photo by AFP)

Since his victory, thousands of anti-trump activists have been marching in streets across the nation, dismissing the former reality TV star as president.
Meanwhile, thousands of Clinton’s supporters have also signed an online petition, calling on electoral voters to vote for Clinton instead of Trump as they meet on December 19 to officially cast their ballots.
Trump, who at 70 will be the oldest first-term US president, defeated his Democratic rival after a bitter and divisive campaign.
Trump’s election campaign had been marred by his disparaging remarks against minorities in the US. His comments include a call to ban all Muslims from coming to America as well as stopping immigrants by building a long wall along the US-Mexico border.
He has also sought for a database to track Muslims across the and said that the US would have “absolutely no choice” but to close down mosques.
Trump’s proposal was widely condemned by Muslim and human rights groups as well as his Democratic rivals and many of his Republican proponents who describe the proposal as discriminatory, counterproductive and contrary to American values.
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