79,646 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania decided an election where more than 135 million people voted.by Alex Mohajer and Daniel Fusselman
Trump’s lead in the crucial battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania has shrunk to merely 79,646 votes after the tallies were updated to include a slew of absentee ballots cast in the state of Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton made a dramatic gain of 23,700 votes in the updated tally in Pennsylvania, shrinking Donald Trump’s lead from the previously reported 70,638 votes to a mere 46,938 votes.
These updated numbers came BEFORE the recounts, which are either set to begin, or as in Wisconsin, have already begun, in all three states. The revised numbers offer a significant development as the three states’ 46 collective electoral college votes (16 for Michigan, 10 for Wisconsin, and 20 for Pennsylvania) are decisive in awarding Donald Trump a victory in the electoral college. 270 electoral votes are needed to win the presidency in the Electoral College. Trump currently has 306 electoral college votes to Clinton’s 232 electoral college votes
A hypothetical situation in which the recount produces the needed votes for Hillary Clinton to win those three states would lead Trump earning only 269 electoral votes, with Hillary Clinton winning the electoral college with 278 electoral college votes.
To some, the development is crucial not only because of the recounts in those states, but because the razor thin margins are added evidence of a symbolic rebuke to claims that president-elect Trump enjoys a mandate. The numbers, they say, tell a different story.
“As it currently stands, Hillary’s still-growing lead in the popular vote is now 32 times the number of votes that made Trump president,” said Daniel Fusselman, Bros4Hillary’s Director of Social Media. “To take things from another perspective, only around 20% of Americans voted for Trump. It should be clear that Americans did not choose Trump, nor do they prefer him. Our antiquated system, designed to protect the institution of slavery, combined with inside help from Director Comey, has helped to make Trump the president-elect. He has no mandate.”
Hillary Clinton’s popular vote total now exceeds 65 million, growing her lead over Donald Trump to a massive 2.5 million and earning her more votes than any other presidential candidate in American history, second only to President Barack Obama. Her new totals indicate she is on course to surpass President Obama’s 2012 totals.
Alex Mohajer is the political director of Bros4Hillary. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet him @alexmohajer. Daniel Fusselman is the social media director of Bros4Hillary. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.