Clinton Wins Popular Vote, Loses Election

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to Florida voters Oct. 30 at a Baptist Church in Miami, Fla.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finds herself on the wrong end of an electoral split, moving ahead in the popular vote but losing to President-elect Donald Trump in the Electoral College, according to the latest numbers emerging Wednesday.

As of 12:33 p.m. ET, Clinton had amassed 59,583,144 votes nationally, to Trump’s 59,344,988 — a margin of 238,156 that puts Clinton on track to become the fifth U.S. presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election.

Neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote: As of noon Wednesday, Clinton stood at 47.7 percent and Trump at 47.5 percent.

“Trump crossed the 270 electoral vote threshold at 2:31 a.m. ET with a victory in Wisconsin,” as NPR’s Carrie Johnson reported last night.


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