President-elect Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by about 3 million votes when two of the nation’s 50 states are taken out of the tally, according to a final summary of the results of the Nov. 8 election.
Final popular vote tallies show Clinton with a margin of 2.8 million votes over Trump.
However, Clinton’s California majority was 4.2 million votes in a state Trump never contested. Clinton also won New York State — another state so blue Trump never fought for it — by 1.6 million votes.
Clinton’s 5.8 million-vote margin from just those two states alone means that in the other states combined, Trump defeated her by about 3 million votes.
Trump handily won the Electoral College vote. After a few defections on Monday when the Electoral College met, Trump defeated Clinton 304 to 227.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump noted that wining the Electoral College requires doing more than running up vote totals in a few states.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also attacked the notion that Clinton somehow won the election.
“This is football season. A team can have more yards and lose the game. What matters is how many points you put on the board. The Electoral College is the points,” he said Wednesday on Fox & Friends.
“Trump actually carried – in the 49 states outside of California, he had a 1.2 million vote majority. He got killed in California because he never campaigned there,” Gingrich said.
‘The Democrats had two people running for the U.S. Senate the way California law works, no Republican running for the U.S. Senate. So we got beaten in the biggest state. It didn’t matter. That’s not how you pick the presidency. Trump’s now going to be president. She’s not going to be president. That’s called winning the game,” he said.
Gingrich said the issue comes down to Democrats’ refusal to accept reality.
“[Trump] is, from their standpoint, horrifying. … They live in a delusional world. That’s why they lost the election: They decided to stay with the delusion.”