Democratic Electors Launch Final Bid to Block Trump Presidency

Josh Kim
Ноября 25, 2016

US 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has garnered 64,223,958 tallied votes by Wednesday morning, over 2 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, according to data released by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Trump was repeatedly criticized before the election for warning that the outcome could be "rigged" and refusing to say if he would accept the results if Clinton won.

Trump said in an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday that he would "rather do the popular vote" and was "never a fan of the Electoral College". And the price is that in very close popular elections, it is possible that the candidate who wins a slight majority of popular votes may not be the one elected president - depending (as in 1888) on whether his popularity is concentrated in a few states or whether it is more evenly distributed across the states.

In the year of 2000, the then-Vice President Al Gore earned about 500,000 more votes over Republican nominee George W. Bush.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, Clinton leads Trump by 1.82 million votes, 63,964,956 to 62,139,188, according to preliminary figures, reports CNN. The result still must be certified by the state at a meeting scheduled for Monday. I think that's the genius of the Electoral College. Many states allow so-called "faithless electors" to ignore their states' votes and cast ballots for another presidential candidate without penalty. It was the second time in two decades that a Democratic candidate had garnered more votes, only to lose the presidency to the Republican challenger.

Despite the media cover-up, however, Trump's heavy defeat in the popular vote is significant.

Moreover, there have been attempts to link charges of election manipulation to the Russia-baiting by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party during the months before the election, when the Democrats claimed that the Russian government was responsible for hacking into the emails of campaign chairman Podesta and the Democratic National Committee.

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