Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpassed 1 million votes with more votes still being counted. Michigan is still too close to call and votes remain outstanding in California, Utah and Washington. Those tallies are likely to increase Clinton’s lead without affecting the Electoral College that gives the presidency to Donald Trump.
The vote total as it stands is 61,963,234 votes for Clinton to 60,961,185 votes for Trump.
Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., filed a bill on Tuesday, Nov. 15, that would eliminate the Electoral College. Because the Electoral College is written into the U.S. Constitution, if the bill passes, it would then have to be ratified by three-fourth of the state legislatures within seven years and would become an amendment to the Constitution.
This is the fifth time in American history the winner of the popular vote lost the election. The other four are Al Gore, who lost to George W. Bush in 2000; Andrew Jackson, who lost to John Quincy Adams in 1824, but later went on to win the presidency in 1928; Samuel Tilden, who lost to Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876; and Grover Cleveland who lost re-election to Benjamin Harrison in 1888, but was elected for a second term in 1892.