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.”
The Electoral College on Monday voted for Donald J. Trump to win the presidency. Seven electors, the most ever, voted for someone other than their party’s nominee.
In Washington, a state where Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had strong support in the Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton, three of the state’s 12 electoral votes went to Colin L. Powell, the Republican former secretary of state. One more elector voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American leader. Another Democratic elector in Hawaii voted for Mr. Sanders.
Two Texas electors voted for different Republican politicians: Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and former Texas congressman Ron Paul.
In addition, three Democratic electors, in Colorado, Maine and Minnesota, initially declined to vote for Mrs. Clinton. Two were replaced by an alternate, and one ended up changing his vote.
Protest Votes in the Electoral College
Electors are not required by the Constitution to vote for a particular candidate. Some states and parties require their electors to pledge to vote for a candidate and may fine or replace electors who break their pledge.
It is rare for more than one elector to vote against the party’s pledged candidate, but it has happened on a few occasions.
In 1808, six New York electors from the Democratic-Republican Party refused to vote for James Madison and instead voted for the party’s vice-presidential candidate, George Clinton.
The last time an elector voted for a candidate from another party was in 1972, when a Republican from Virginia voted for the Libertarian candidate, John Hospers, instead of the eventual winner, Richard M. Nixon. A single elector has refused to vote for the party’s presidential candidate in 11 elections.
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Thank you and God bless you,
Donald J. Trump”