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Clinton’s Popular Vote Win Came Entirely From California

Outside California, Hillary Clinton lost the popular vote by 1.4 million to Donald Trump.

It’s Official: Clinton’s Popular Vote Win Came Entirely From California

by John Merline 12/16/2016 INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

Democrats who are having trouble getting out of the first stage of grief — denial — aren’t being helped by the fact that, now that all the votes are counted, Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote has topped 2.8 million, giving her a 48% share of the vote compared with Trumps 46%.

To those unschooled in how the United States selects presidents, this seems totally unfair. But look more closely at the numbers and you see that Clinton’s advantage all but disappears.


As we noted in this space earlier, while Clinton’s overall margin looks large and impressive, it is due to Clinton’s huge margin of victory in one state — California — where she got a whopping 4.3 million more votes than Trump.

California is the only state, in fact, where Clinton’s margin of victory was bigger than President Obama’s in 2012 — 61.5% vs. Obama’s 60%.

But California is the exception that proves the true genius of the Electoral College — which was designed to prevent regional candidates from dominating national elections.


In recent years, California has been turning into what amounts to a one-party state. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of Californian’s who registered as Democrats climbed by 1.1 million, while the number of registered Republicans dropped by almost 400,000.

What’s more, many Republicans in the state had nobody to vote for in November.

There were two Democrats — and zero Republicans — running to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer. There were no Republicans on the ballot for House seats in nine of California’s congressional districts.

At the state level, six districts had no Republicans running for the state senate, and 16 districts had no Republicans running for state assembly seats.

Plus, since Republicans knew Clinton was going to win the state — and its entire 55 electoral votes — casting a ballot for Trump was virtually meaningless, since no matter what her margin of victory, Clinton was getting all 55 votes.

Is it any wonder then, that Trump got 11% fewer California votes than John McCain did in 2008? (Clinton got 6% more votes than Obama did eight years ago, but the number of registered Democrats in the state climbed by 13% over those years.)

If you take California out of the popular vote equation, then Trump wins the rest of the country by 1.4 million votes. And if California voted like every other Democratic state — where Clinton averaged 53.5% wins — Clinton and Trump end up in a virtual popular vote tie. (This was not the case in 2012. Obama beat Romney by 2 million votes that year, not counting California.)

Meanwhile, if you look at every other measure, Trump was the clear and decisive winner in this election.





  1. Hey here is a wild idea. The cult of insanity should make Jill Stein do a recount in California with that extra money she is trying to steal.

  2. Hillary didn’t win “the popular vote” by a long shot.
    Yes, most Cali voters voted Clinton.
    131,891,349 total votes. Entire USA.

    61,578,949 voted for Trump

    62,981,308 voted for Clinton

    68,909,741 DID NOT VOTE FOR CLINTON!

    California or no California, Clinton LOST the popularity contest by 5,928433 votes!

    Think about that….

  3. The observation to take away from this is, sadly, that if Kalifornia were to fall into the ocean as the soothsayers have been saying for decades would happen, the remaining 56* states (*per Obola’s count) would benefit greatly. How could one state be so pathetic?

  4. Clinton’s popular vote win didn’t come “entirely from California.” Of the 65.8 million votes for Clinton, only 13% came from California. So, 87% of Clinton’s popular vote came from the other 49 states.

    By defending the electoral college, you are implying that a Californian or Texan SHOULD have less influence on the presidential election than a Wyoming or Maine resident. A Californian voter counts 3.6 times less than a Wyoming voter. Does that seem right to you?

    1. You are so correct in your assessment, every election cycle should have a counting scheme that benefits each individuals personal desires, wants, and needs. Maybe we could propose each illegal alien gets one vote and each dead person gets one vote and each bus load of voters can vote as many times as possible on election day, ….oops …. I forgot, that’s how the left already manages their third world elections.

      Without our constitutional electoral method imagine a national election that was won by a single vote and the state of Californicate had 100% vote for a candidate and the remainder of the country accounted for a winner winning by a single vote. In your words, does that seem right for you?

  5. Yes as in, that seems right to me. If we were a democracy I could see your confusion., but we are not it a republic( supposed to be anyway).

  6. There is an estimated 2.4 million illegal aliens in Californicate and approximately 9 million in the remainder of the country. Assume all voted for the candidate that promised them everything from free obummer phones to free food to free everything.

    Now add the motor voter registration in states that allow anyone without any proof of citizenship to acquire a drivers license, thus a vote.

    Now add all the states that use Soros funded voting machines that were not verified and all the other fraud schemes.

    I recall when one had to get off the coach to vote, actually have a voter registration and physically show yourself with a pictured identification. Maybe we need to dip your thumb in ink when we vote as well to prevent folks from voting twice. Free transportation on election day. A many more poling stations; as there are fire stations. Do we think fire stations are important?

  7. Our youth have come a long way in their development. In 2000, Gore won the popular vote, Bush won the electoral at 271. I seem to have missed all the burning pain and whimpering that led to present day funded riots in the streets graciously at the hand of hairless boys with no testicles. It is magical how they all suddenly vanished to their little “safe” zones because they are so afraid and so scared. Their stamina to stay and be heard seems to have gone limp. Not a LeVoy amonst them.

    In our present state of mindlessness, the tolerant left sees fit to undermine and destroy a historical and legal precedence on our presidential electoral system because they are afraid and scared and it’s not fair, and their buying of the election was thwarted by those Bible gun clinging deplorables.

  8. In our Republic, the national popular vote in a presidential election does not count. Thank Goodness! If we were a democracy, California and New York State would make almost all of the decisions for the whole country. Somehow, our founders could see that possibility and gave us the Electoral College to level the playing field.

    I don’t know much about New York, but I do about California, especially after serving as an official poll observer in Sacramento County in 2012. We saw in person that laws and rules weren’t followed. There are dead people on the voter rolls. There is no voter ID required to prove identity. Illegal immigrants can now have California driver’s licenses, and voter registration is offered at the DMV. How many non-citizens registered to vote? How many non-citizens voted? How many people voted for the dead? How many people voted for other citizens who hadn’t shown up at the polls yet? How many cheated in other ways? Do California officials even want to know? In my opinion, until California cleans up their voter rolls and requires Voter ID, their results are suspect.

    What this article is saying is that, if the popular vote determined the winner, California would have tipped the result towards Clinton. Does anyone really want California to be the deciding factor in a presidential election? The following is from the original article:

    Popular vote total:
    Trump: 62,958,211
    Clinton: 65,818,318
    Clinton: + 2.8 million

    Popular vote total outside California:
    Trump: 58,474,401
    Clinton: 57,064,530
    Trump: + 1.4 million

  9. What does anyone expect from the “LEFT COAST” land of fruits, nuts & fairies ?
    It seems that the best they’ve got there are all Airheads like Nasty Pelosi !!

  10. Knowing overwhelming democratic outcome of CA election, large portion of republicans in California do not vote at all. Its just does not make any sense. So, the popular votes numbers in CA are far from reality.

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