Given our previous discussion of the rising popularity of the electoral college, the final vote tallies are interesting. They do confirm that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million. However, it also shows that Clinton lost to Trump by 3 million outside of New York and California. The results will tend to reinforce fears that the abandonment of the Electoral College would hand the outcome of presidential elections to voters in New York and California. Trump however issued signature tweets about how Clinton focused on the wrong states.
The margin in California and New York would have overwhelmed the other states. Clinton won California by 4.2 million and took New York by more than 1.6 million. Her combined 5.8 million-vote advantage in those two states was more than twice the size of her overall edge nationwide.
I have long been a critic of the Electoral College, though I understand the concerns of those who fear that the loss of the institution would reduce presidential elections to the choice of states like California and New York. These results will support those who oppose any change.
In the end, I still support the elimination of the electoral college but it would clearly bring about a major political shift in the country.
Do these results change your views on the controversy?