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Without a system that distributes a finite number of electors, 538, the more populous states like California and NY would determine the president every four years, proponents say.

It is worth recalling - since her husband, President Bill Clinton, recently brought it up - that the same was true when he was elected.

With that out of the way, now to my point: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a thumping three million votes.

"I mean there's a lot of division", Trump told NBC's "Today" show after the magazine hit stands on December 7. They claim that the college cost Hillary Clinton, who received almost 2.9 million more popular votes than Donald Trump, the election. In a tweet today, already being mocked in pro-Ellison circles, Perez brands himself as a Mother Jones-appoved "progressive who gets things done".

It is absurd to claim that this administration and this Congress enjoy enthusiastic popular support. Our method of the Electoral College vs. the popular vote is debated endlessly.

It's the time of the year when we ask Americans to name the man and the woman living anywhere in the world whom they most admire. Ohio, Michigan, and IN round out the list.

Therefore campaigns invest minimal resources into states they are either sure to win, or certain to lose. But letting the popular vote decide it will not magically produce a mandate for whoever wins an election. Instead, both parties would invest heavily in their respective strongholds. In 2016, the Democrats lost their last state legislature in what we generally call the South, after a wipeout in Kentucky's House of Representatives. In Wisconsin, one of the key states, Trump acquired 60% of the "Neither" vote compared to Clinton's 23%.

Early in the 2016 cycle, plenty of Democrats anxious about this and thought they saw a way to prevent it: By nominating Clinton for president.

But by the beginning of 2016, Mr. Trump and his populist and anti-illegal immigration message were beginning to gain considerable momentum in his race against 16 rivals for the Republican nomination, many of whom he attempted to discredit by unflattering nicknames ("Lyin" Ted Cruz, "Low Energy" Jeb Bush).

The former state director for conservative group Americans for Prosperity, Hagerstrom said when announcing his candidacy that he hopes "to turn the momentum from Donald Trump's historic victory into real change - legislation that delivers actual results, not just more empty rhetoric". Subtract New York, and Mrs. Clinton lost the rest of America by 3 million votes.

Here's what I wrote on election night: "An optimist might argue that Trump won't govern the way he campaigned: that he'll surround himself with seasoned advisors, embrace more traditional positions and satisfy himself with half-measures".

There is another consideration, of course: money.

We've had two presidential elections where the popular vote was won by one candidate, yet they failed to clinch the win from the Electoral College.

On that basis too, Hillary was far better placed.

Candidate preference seems to mean more than age, education and political interest when it comes to which of these conspiracies someone is likely to believe.

To clinch the coveted seat of becoming the next President of the United States of America, one has to win the Electoral College to the tune of 270 votes.

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