For likely the second time in less than two decades and the fourth time in U.S. history, a presidential candidate who captured a majority of the popular vote has failed to win the White House through an Electoral College loss.
Securing at least 279 electoral votes, Donald Trump has won a majority of 538 presidential electors and is the assumed president-elect, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has managed to earn only 228 electors.
However, Clinton currently outpaces Trump by over 200,000 with 59,938,290 popular votes to Trump’s tally of 59,704,886, according to AP as of 2:02 p.m. EST.
Following the 2000 election, President George W. Bush earned the White House by defeating then-Vice-President Al Gore after registering 271 electoral votes to Gore’s 266.
Despite the electoral loss, Mr. Gore had earned 50,999,897 or 48.8 percent of the popular vote to Mr. Bush’s 50,456,002, which amounted to 47.9 percent of the all presidential ballots cast.
Similarly, although one requires a long trip into the past, the election of 1876, which witnessed former Ohio Governor and U.S. House member, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, defeat New York Democratic governor, Samuel J. Tilden, under similar circumstances.
Buoyed by tissue-thin margins in both Florida and South Carolina, Hayes went on to defeat Tilden in the Electoral College 185–184, despite Tilden earning 4,288,546 popular votes cast to Hayes’ 4,034,311.
Final results of Tuesday’s popular vote are not expected to be completed for several days and three states have yet to be called by most major media outlets, including Michigan and Arizona.
[The Hill] [Photo courtesy Getty Images via ABC News]