Hillary Clinton has now closed the gap over Trump after the number of popular votes counted for her shoot up to 2.8 million despite her loss in the election.
Over a month after November 8’s polling day, the margin at which she dominates over Trumps popular vote gradually continues to rise.
Clinton now as a total of 65.8 million votes compared to Trump, who clocks in at 63 million so far, according to Cook Political Report.
This means that Clinton only has around 200,000 votes less than current president Obama, who beat out Mitt Romney in 2012. Meanwhile, Trump’s popular vote tally makes him the President-Elect with the highest margin of popular votes in the history of the United States.
Despite this popular vote loss, Trump will remain President-Elect due to the Electoral College system by which America runs. This system sees each state get a certain number of College votes, assigned to local government candidates, who then cast their vote for president.
Not only did Trump win the Electoral College votes in battleground states, but he also took Democrat Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
The results are Trump’s 306 Electoral College votes, while Clinton concluded with 232.
The Electoral College system has been shunned since the elections, and calls for the US to abandon the system rang throughout the nation.
Even many Republicans are not happy with the results. Christopher Suprun, a Texan Republican said: “An Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence.
“Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards.”
Trump responded to comments like this with his now famous Twitter posts. One of his responses included this tweet:
“If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily.
“The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!”