Hillary Clinton won more votes, but lost by states with mostly small populations.
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David Leonhardt, a columnist for The New York Times, noted on Friday that with a 1.7-percentage-point popular vote lead over Donald Trump,Clinton will have a larger margin of victory than Richard Nixon had over Hubert Humphrey in 1968 or John F. Kennedy had over Nixon in 1960. (Her edge is also larger than Al Gore’s popular vote victory over George W. Bush in 2000, though he too was stymied by an electoral college loss.).
The vote count will not change the state outcome, however.
A petition demanding the Electoral College nominate Clinton has 4 million supporters on change.org.