Trump election faces hurdle as Clinton pushed to challenge outcome

Casey Mills
Ноября 25, 2016

As ballot totals continue to come in in the two weeks following the presidential election, Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote has grown by a considerable margin, with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report placing her current total at 64,227,373 votes, with Donald Trump trailing at 62,212,752 votes, 48.1% and 46.5% of the total count respectively.

Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul who is now appointing key officials for his new administration, has at various times condemned the use of the Electoral College in picking presidents, while also saying that it is "actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play". She lost the election under the U.S. Electoral College system.

Since the 2016 presidential election ended, there have been calls for the Electoral College-the actual way presidents are elected-to be changed or completely eliminated. Both he and Clinton stopped in MI on the final day of campaigning. Some activists and academics that formed a coalition are calling on US authorities to fully audit or recount the election results, particularly in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

However, it was Trump who prevailed on the November 8 Election Day by clinching the crucial 270 Electoral College votes, the bare majority required to win the presidency.

In the event the audit proves their claim right and Clinton is declared the victor in those three states, she will have more Electoral College votes than Trump which will make her the USA president-elect. "We need to have post-election ballot audits".

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According to a CNN report, the computer scientists believe they had found evidence that vote totals in the three states could have been manipulated or hacked and presented their findings to top Clinton aides on a call last Thursday.

The Clinton campaign has not called for a recount, nor has the Democratic National Committee.

Clinton has made no indication she would challenge the results and the White House is intent on a smooth transition.

Trump, who was once a critic of the Electoral College, now says a popular vote-only system would force candidates to campaign only in bigger states like California, Texas, Florida, and NY. Some states do not mandate which way their electors must vote, however.

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