Hillary Clinton: Still Popular
Lots of historical moments occurred in yesterday’s presidential election. Among them, President-elect Donald Trump will be the first U.S. president without either military or political experience. Trump may also be the 4th president to win the Electoral College after losing the popular vote.
For his opponent, Hillary Clinton, that fact alone must be “painful.” Nevertheless, she appeared to accept defeat gracefully during her concession speech today, saying that she hopes “he will be a successful president for all Americans,” adding that “we owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
If Clinton maintains her popular vote lead, this would be reminiscent of the 2000 election when Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote, but George W. Bush won the presidency. As a result, some considered Bush’s election to be illegitimate — even to this day.
Winning the popular vote is significant in terms of understanding how a majority of the electorate thinks and may react, but getting the majority of electors is how a candidate gets to the White House. When people vote in a U.S. presidential election, they are actually voting for “electors.” The candidate who wins a state’s popular vote gets those electors. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors, and a majority (270 electoral votes) is required to elect the president.
Thus far, Hillary Clinton has 232 electoral votes and Donald Trump has 290. Conversely, she has 61,047,076 popular votes to Donald Trump’s 60,375,710 votes. The former Secretary of State acknowledged that the loss “is painful, and it will be for a long time.”
Certainly, while many rejected her bid for presidency, no one can or will forget this popular politician who has served this country for the last 45 years. Moreover, we will not forget the pantsuits.
To her female supporters, she gave a special message. “To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.” She reminded them that “someday someone will” break that “highest, hardest glass ceiling” as president.