While Donald Trump remains the United States president-elect, the popular vote lead ruled up by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election now appears to make the Democrat who hoped to become the country's first woman president the clear people's choice — with a vote total that appears likely to top the number of votes compiled by President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.
In addition Clinton's percentage lead of 2.0 points puts her in sight of surpassing an 11th elected president's victory margin. Clinton's widening popular vote gap over Trump is already greater than the winning margin posted by 10 previous United States presidents who actually assumed the office, including John F. Kennedy in 1960, Richard M. Nixon in 1968, and George W. Bush in 2000.
Prior to Trump, who appears set for an electoral college win with 306 votes to 232 for Clinton, Bush was the last president elected despite losing the popular vote. But while Bush fell short of Democrat Al Gore by just 540,520 votes, Trump as of Tuesday night, December 6, trailed Clinton by a whopping 2,669,743 votes — with votes in several states still yet to be counted.
According to Los Angeles Times reporter Cathleen Decker, about 150,000 votes remain to be counted in the nation's most populous state — mostly mail-in and absentee ballots — and those are expected to break for Clinton with about 100,000 votes to roughly 50,000 for Trump.