Using the figures from the NYTimes, as of right now it looks like Clinton will win the popular vote. Yet Trump still wins through his Electoral College votes. This happened back in the year 2000, when Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College to Republican George W. Bush. If it happens in this current election, it will be the fifth time it has happened in our nation’s history. Even though this kind of win seems counterintuitive, it has a precedent and is legitimate, assuming of course that the popular votes were cast and counted legitimately. In this election, I have no reason to think that foul play was a deciding factor either way.
This is a great time to review the Electoral College. Most important take-away: our country was not founded as a direct democracy. The Electoral College balances the votes of the more populated areas and larger states with the smaller states and rural areas. Read more about the history and purpose of the Electoral College here:
I also like to consider the results of the Electoral College in light of the results at the county level. It is astonishing how red our country is when viewed that way.