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Despite Trump victory, Clinton pulls ahead in popular vote

Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 @ 8:24 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 @ 10:52 AM
By: WFTV

Preliminary numbers released by the Associated Press show that Republican Donald Trump has won the Electoral College with 276 votes, but it appears Democrat Hillary Clinton actually received more votes.

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Early Wednesday, Trump’s vote total was listed as 58,844,144, while Clinton tallied 58,879,687, a difference of more than 35,000 votes.

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As more votes came in, by 8:15 a.m. Clinton's popular vote lead increased to more than 135,000.

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A person winning the presidency without winning the popular vote is rare, but not unheard of in U.S. elections.

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Most recently, Democrat Al Gore lost the presidency to Republican George W. Bush, despite receiving more than 500,000 more votes than his opponent.