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Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by over 2 million in popular vote

It is the second time this century that a Democrat has won the popular vote but lost the presidential election

AFP/PTI  |  Washington 

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton. Photo: AP/PTI

Hillary Clinton is now more than two million votes ahead of President-elect in the popular vote count for the US presidential elections, a tally compiled by the Cook Political Report showed today.

The Democratic candidate's 1.5 per cent lead in the popular vote makes no difference to the outcome of the November 8 election, which Trump won by taking a majority of electoral votes. Clinton conceded the following day.

But the former secretary of state's popular vote lead continues to grow.

She has received 64,227,373 votes to Trump's 62,212,752 million, according to the Cook Political Report's latest tally, which was compiled from official sources.

It is the second time this century that a Democrat has won the popular vote but lost the presidential election.

In 2000, vice president Al Gore lost to George W Bush despite winning nearly 544,000 more votes than his Republican rival.

The Supreme Court ultimately decided that election, pushing Bush over the top in electoral votes by giving him the win in the contested state of Florida.

First Published: Thu, November 24 2016. 08:14 IST
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