Clinton wins popular vote, loses presidency: Time to change Electoral College?
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The totals at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday were 59,814,010 votes for Clinton, and 59,611,679 for Trump. The lead is expected to grow with late ballot counting in Washington and California.
Both Republican presidents chosen to serve in this century have won the White House by coming in second.
The Electoral College is itself inequitable in other ways. Wyoming has about 600,000 residents, our least populous state. It has three electoral votes. With more than 10 times the population, Washington has only four times as many electoral votes.
"It's beyond time to focus attention on this," Todd Donovan, a Western Washington University political scientist and elections expert, emailed Wednesday. "The Electoral College is malapportionment. That's unconstitutional for legislative representation."