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Hillary Clinton actually got more votes than Donald Trump – but he still won the election
Hillary actually won the most votes (Picture: Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton actually got more votes than Donald Trump – but because of the electoral system, he won the presidency.
Clinton has become the fifth US presidential candidate to finish ahead of her rival in the popular vote, but to still lose the election overall.
As of 3pm GMT, Clinton had won 59,299,381 votes nationally. Trump, however, had only won 59,135,740 – 163,641 votes less than the Democratic candidate.
This is because of how the US electoral system works – in theory, according to NPR’s calculations, it could be possible to win a US presidential election with less than 30% of the popular vote.
In the US, candidates are competing to get the most electoral votes rather than most of the popular vote.
Each state in the Electoral College has a certain number of electoral votes.
If a candidate gets the majority of popular votes in a state, they win *all* of that state’s electoral votes. Even if they only win in that state by one vote, they get the whole pie.
So, in this way, a candidate like Trump can win entire states with really narrow majorities.
No, despite this being possible it is still incredibly rare. This is because elections are rarely as close as this one was.
Here are the four would-be-presidents Hillary is joining in losing the election even though they got more votes.
Trump didn’t win the popular vote (Picture: Getty Images)
Well, the last time the Electoral College system was thrown up for serious debate was in the 1960s.
A resolution was proposed at the end of the decade calling for the direct election of the President and Vice President, with a run-off being required when none of the candidates received more than 40% of the vote.
It actually passed the House in 1969, but failed when it was put before the Senate.
Nothing has really come close to reforming the system since. However, we have a feeling this election could change that.
LeBron James declares Hillary Clinton has the 'brightest future in the world' – shortly after the FBI announces that she is off the hook +
An emotional Hillary Clinton finally publicly conceded the presidential elections just before midday on Wednesday - telling the nation: 'Donald Trump is going to be our president.'
Flanked by her husband Bill and daughter Chelsea, she spoke in a NY hotel to cheering supporters who rose to their feet as she entered the room.
In the final act of a political career which took her to the verge of being the first female president, she said that now it was Trump's time.
'Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,' she said.
'I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.'
She went on: 'Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.
'This is not the outcome that we wanted or worked so hard for. But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together.
Hillary Clinton has conceded her race against Donald Trump for the White House with a speech at New Yorker hotel
As her supporters cheered and clapped, Clinton thanked everyone who had helped her campaign along the way
Clinton told her supporters to never stop fighting for 'what's worth it', and said 'nothing has made me prouder' than being a 'champion' for other women
After saluting Trump, Clinton spoke of the 'peaceful transfer of power' enshrined in the Constitution. It may have been a reminder that Trump during the final presidential debate refused to say that he would accept the outcome of the election
As she conceded from the presidential election, Clinton said that being the Democratic nominee was 'one of the greatest honors of my life'
First to speak was Tim Kaine, her failed running mate. His voice trembling with emotion, he said she was 'a great history-maker' as he listed her achievements 'as a woman'
Clinton embraces her running mate Tim Kaine as he arrives to address her staff and supporters about the results of the election at a hotel in New York
'Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.'
She added: 'This is painful and it will be for a long time.'
Clinton, 69, performed her last act as a presidential candidate on Wednesday morning - a concession speech delivered from a hastily set up stage at a hotel several blocks away from spot she had planned to celebrate with her supporters the evening before.
'Thank you,' Clinton began, clearing her throat several times as her supporters clapped and cheered.
Staff members were in tears as Clinton addressed them.
The crowd at the downmarket New Yorker hotel's ballroom had first risen to their feet when her running mate, Tim Kaine, admitted defeat but said: 'She won the popular vote.'
His voice trembling with emotion, he said she was 'a great history-maker' as he listed her achievements 'as a woman'.
Kaine, in his remarks, praised the unwavering loyalty of Clinton's staff, though Clinton has also been faulting for sticking to a close circle of advisers who didn't see what was coming.
After saluting Trump, Clinton spoke of the 'peaceful transfer of power' enshrined in the Constitution.
It may have been a reminder that Trump during the final presidential debate refused to say that he would accept the outcome of the election. Running mate Tim Kaine pointed out beforehand that Clinton had one the popular vote, which she appeared on track to do, just as Al Gore had done in 2000.
She was supported by her husband, Bill Clinton, and vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine as she spoke on stage at the hotel
Also on stage with Clinton was her daughter, Chelsea, Chelsea's husband, Marc Mezvinsky, and Kaine's wife, Ann Holton
Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin (center) along with other staffers wait before Clinton delivers her concession speech
Top aide Huma Abedin stands with several Clinton sfaffers, including campaign manager Robby Mook, pictured far right
Clinton's staff react as she addresses them about the results of the US election at the New Yorker hotel in New York
Members of Clinton's campaign staff broke down in tears as the former presidential nominee gave her concession speech
Staffers and supporters react as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concedes the presidential election at the New Yorker Hotel
Clinton hugs supporters as her campaign chief John Podesta and Joel Benenson (right) look on following her speech on Wednesday
A woman weeps as she speaks with Clinton after the former presidential candidate concedes from the electoin
Clinton took time to meet with several staffers and supporters, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (pictured in red) in the hotel following her concession speech
Clinton grabs two supporters by their shoulders as she speaks with them following her concession speech
A teary eyed Clinton greeted supporters in the hotel's crowd after giving her concession speech on Wednesday morning
Resignation letters piling up from disaffected FBI agents, his wife urging him to admit he was wrong: Why Director Comey jumped at the chance to reopen Hillary investigation
LeBron James urged fans to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton, becoming the latest celebrity to campaign for the Democrat in the final days before the election.
The MVP stepped on stage with the candidate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday and told the crowd the former first lady has 'the brightest future in the world'.
The Cleveland Cavalier spoke just moments after FBI Director James Comey revealed he would be dropping the investigation into Clinton's emails.
King James was joined by teammate JR Smith, and his daughter Demi, in front of cheering supporters in Ohio - a battleground state which sway the election either way.
'This woman right here has the brightest future in the world,' James told a cheering crowd of about 4,000 who packed into Severance Hall, home to the Cleveland Orchestra.
'We have to get out and make sure we vote,' James told the crowd.
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Hillary Clinton campaigned with basketball star LeBron James in Cleveland on Sunday, just after news broke of the latest developments in her email saga
The Cleveland Cavalier, who appeared with JR Smith and his daughter Demi (left), urged the crowd to get out and vote in this Tuesday's election
'This woman right here has the brightest future in the world,' James told a cheering crowd of about 4,000 who packed into Severance Hall, home to the Cleveland Orchestra
In her own remarks, Clinton made no mention of the FBI Director James Comey's stunning letter to Congress that but bureau had not 'changed our conclusions' after taking another look at Clinton emails.
The letter essentially announced that the bureau would not be doing any more with its closed email investigation – after a bombshell letter Friday that revealed new emails and shook up the race – even coinciding with a drop for Clinton in the polls.
Instead, Clinton praised James for his charity work and the inspiration he provides to kids.
'They may not all become champion basketball players but everyone should have the right to go as far as their hard work and talent take them,' Clinton said.
'The number one main reason I'm here is because of Hillary and what she believes in,' James said, as he relayed stories from his own childhood.
'I was one of those kids and I was around a community that was like 'our vote doesn't matter,'', James said. 'But it really does. It really, really does. We have to get out and make sure we vote … we have to get out and be knowledgeable about what's going on.'
Clinton looked delighted as the superstar joined her on the stage for the huge campaign event in the battleground state of Ohio. Her performance in the Buckeye State on Tuesday could be a key deciding factor on Tuesday
'The number one main reason I'm here is because of Hillary and what she believes in,' James told the crowd of supporters
James is the latest celebrity Clinton has used in the final days of the election
Clinton also plugged a concert she held in Cleveland a few days ago with Beyonce and Jay Z.
She noted that they 'talked about what this election means to their daughter and all of our daughters and sons.'
Clinton said she was 'so grateful to them as well as to LeBron, because this election really is about the future.
James brought with him top Cleveland defender JR Smith, who got called for six technical fouls last year and has had other on-court problems. He also got a suspension in the 2014-2014 for punching player Jae Crowder in the face.
But with James vouching for her, Clinton was eager to embrace Smith.
'I can't tell you how excited it is for me to have LeBron and JR part of the team that is going to take us to the White House,' Clinton said.
The latest polls in Ohio show the race essentially tied.
A new CBS News/YouGov survey shows Trump with a 1-point advantage over Clinton, with the mogul leading her 46 to 45 per cent. Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 3 percent and Green Party hopeful Jill Stein gets 2 percent.
Another in the Columbus Dispatch is saying the presidential race is too close to call in the Buckeye State, with Clinton earning 48 percent to Trump's 47 percent.
Clinton's campaign spokeswoman briefly commented on the latest bombshell development en route to Cleveland, but then immediately found something else she'd rather be talking about.
She told reporters traveling with the candidate that 'we have seen Director Comey's letter' to Congress.
'We are glad to see that he has … confirmed the conclusions that he reached in July,' Palmieri said in curt remarks.
Comey wrote Congress this weekend, saying, 'Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.'
In July, although he chose not to spell it out, Comey did not recommend that Clinton be charged with a crime in connection with her email scandal – advice that effectively ended the matter because Attorney General Loretta Lynch had said she wold take his recommendation.
Then, after Palmieri briefly commented on the breaking news, she immediately pivoted to a more welcome topic.
Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri told reporters traveling with Hillary Clinton that the secretary of state was 'glad' about the latest FBI development
'I have one other thing to tell you, that we are adding a guest to our rally tomorrow night in Philadelphia' – Springsteen.
At that point, she turned away from reporters who gathered to listen her inside the cabin of Clinton's campaign plane.
Clinton's Monday night event in Philadelphia features President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, along with President Bill Clinton.
Clinton has been holding a series of concerts to try to drive up voter turnout, with Katy Perry, Beyonce, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and James Taylor joining her on the trail.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon added on Twitter: 'We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited. Now Director Comey has confirmed it.'
New York Times bestselling author Ed Klein has just published his fourth book about the Clintons since 2005, Guilty as Sin.
Klein had told how Bill Clinton enjoyed foot rubs, massages and romps in his presidential library with female interns and has described new details about Hillary's medical crises. Guilty as Sin is available in bookstores and for order from Amazon.
James Comey's decision to revive the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server and her handling of classified material came after he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents in the FBI, including some of his top deputies, according to a source close to the embattled FBI director.
James Comey has revived the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server and her handling of classified material (Clinton at a campaign rally on October 29, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida)
Comey's decision came as he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents in the FBI, including some of his top deputies, according to a source
'The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn't recommend an indictment against Hillary,' said the source, a close friend who has known Comey for nearly two decades, shares family outings with him, and accompanies him to Catholic mass every week.
'Some people, including department heads, stopped talking to Jim, and even ignored his greetings when they passed him in the hall,' said the source. 'They felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.'
According to the source, Comey fretted over the problem for months and discussed it at great length with his wife, Patrice.
He told his wife that he was depressed by the stack of resignation letters piling up on his desk from disaffected agents. The letters reminded him every day that morale in the FBI had hit rock bottom.
Comey's decision to reopen the case was more than an effort to heal the wound he inflicted on the FBI. He was also worried that after the presidential election, Republicans in Congress would mount a probe of how he had granted Hillary political favoritism
'He's been ignoring the resignation letters in the hope that he could find a way of remedying the situation,' said the source.
'When new emails that appeared to be related to Hillary's personal email server turned up in a computer used [her close aide] Huma Abedin and [Abedin's disgraced husband,] Anthony Weiner, Comey jumped at the excuse to reopen the investigation.
'The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him,' the source continued. 'And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state.
When new emails that appeared to be related to Hillary's personal email server turned up in a computer used by Huma Abedin (left) and Anthony Weiner (right) Comey jumped at the excuse to reopen the investigation, sources say
'He talks about the damage that he's done to himself and the institution [of the FBI], and how he's been shunned by the men and women who he admires and work for him. It's taken a tremendous toll on him.
'It shattered his ego. He looks like he's aged 10 years in the past four months.'
New York Times bestselling author Ed Klein has just published his fourth book about the Clintons since 2005, Guilty as Sin
But Comey's decision to reopen the case was more than an effort to heal the wound he inflicted on the FBI.
He was also worried that after the presidential election, Republicans in Congress would mount a probe of how he had granted Hillary political favoritism.
His announcement about the revived investigation, which came just 11 days before the presidential election, was greeted with shock and dismay by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the prosecutors at the Justice Department.
'Jim told me that Lynch and Obama are furious with him,' the source said.
As I revealed in my latest New York Times bestseller Guilty As Sin Obama said that appointing Comey as FBI direct was 'my worst mistake as president.'
'Lynch and Obama haven't contacted Jim directly,' said the source, 'but they've made it crystal clear through third parties that they disapprove of his effort to save face.'
look, who gives a f***, we survive Reagan and Bush, we will survive trump. White people will eat their own and destroy everything just to say that they can do it.
Same thing happened to Al Gore against Bush Jr. What further proof do you need that your voting doesn't count? It's the Electoral College members whose votes count and can be bought no matter what the people say
ELECTORAL COLLEGE = INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM
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