But it won’t matter.
It looks like Hillary Clinton will become the fifth candidate to get more votes than her opponent and still lose the election. The last time this happened was in 2000, when George W. Bush won the White House after losing the popular vote to Al Gore.
As of Wednesday afternoon, US Eastern Standard Time, Clinton had 59,626,052 votes versus Donald Trump’s 59,427,652. That translates to 47.7 per cent for Clinton and 47.5 per cent for Trump, with some votes yet to be counted.
Early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election. He is now the President-elect of the United States. In his victory speech, he called for the nation to “come together as one united people,” and congratulated Clinton on a hard-fought race. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” said Trump.
Hours later, Hillary Clinton took the stage in New York City to concede the race. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time,” said Clinton. “But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love, and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.”
President Obama spoke shortly afterwards, saying that as Americans, we are now “all rooting for [Trump’s] success.” He said he’d called to congratulate Trump earlier in the day and invited him to come to the White House on Thursday. “Sometimes you lose an argument, sometimes you lose an election,” said Obama. “But the path this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag.”
Obama stressed the need for a peaceful transfer of power and urged the country to move forward in good faith and not give up on their dreams.
But as is becoming increasingly clear, that will be a difficult task for a deeply divided nation.
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