November 24, 2016

Clinton more popular as the days drift by

Yet in the two weeks since the election, Clinton’s actual popular vote margin has continued to grow, complicating facile denunciations of the Democratic Party and its alleged failure. The former secretary of state now leads Trump by more than 2 million votes, according to the Cook Political Report, with 64,223,958 votes to Trump’s 62,206,395, as of Wednesday morning. Most of those votes are clustered in major urban areas in states that were a lock-in for Democrats—New York and California chief among them—and therefore did not affect the eventual electoral college outcome, which appeared as a minor landslide for the Republican.

As Clinton’s margin continues to grow, her ballooning lead will likely contribute to public angst over the electoral college, which gives more weight to smaller, more rural states at the expense of more populous, cosmopolitan ones. Several Democrats are openly questioning the worth of the current system and, in the case of retiring California Senator Barabara Boxer, are calling for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the 228-year-old institution. Even some of the electors themselves want fundamental change: Politico reports that a small group of “faithless” Democratic electors are trying to convince their Republican counterparts to vote against Trump when the college is convened in December—not to deny Trump the presidency, but to highlight the system’s obsolescence.

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