Two million votes and counting, but look at all the states Trump won!
Clinton’s popular lead over Trump (thus far) is two million plus and rising. Let’s put that in perspective. Consider the number of Clinton voters (rounded up to the nearest thousand) in the following eleven states.
North Dakota (94,000)
South Dakota (118,000)
West Virginia (188,000)
Rhode Island (250,000)
Now imagine that every Clinton voter in these eleven states had actually cast a vote for Trump. Clinton would STILL have won the popular vote by (at least) 163,000 votes.
But one might object: These are just tiny states! Few people live there, so of course counting switched votes in these states wouldn’t make much difference in the overall popular vote. True. Which leads to a different but more interesting point I’ll be revisiting soon. From the perspective of democratic theory, holding an election for a national office based on fifty-one separate elections is a little nutty.