Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote increased to 1.3 million votes bringing her vote total is the third largest in U.S. history.
While the vote total in many state was razor thin, Clinton leads in California by 3.2 million votes. Without California figured into the national total, Donald Trump leads in popular votes among the remaining 49 states. California accounts for 12 percent of the U.S. population, but only casts about 10 percent of the electoral votes. Even with the nine additional electoral votes it would receive if the Electoral College was actually proportional, Clinton wouldn’t have won the election.
Clinton did amass the third largest number of votes for a candidate for president in U.S. history. The only candidate who received more votes was Barack Obama in 2012 and 2008. Trump vote total is also impressive, however. He has the fifth highest vote total in history. In addition to Clinton and Obama, George W. Bush surpassed Trump’s vote total in 2004.