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Hillary Clinton Got 1.7 Million More Votes Than Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton Honored At Children's Defense Fund Event
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Former Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers remarks while being honored during the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum in Washington on Nov. 16, 2016.

The Democrat's lead in the popular vote is almost equal to the entire population of Philadelphia

Hillary Clinton may have ultimately lost the race for the White House, but the latest popular vote tally shows the Democratic presidential candidate won 1.7 million more votes than president-elect Donald Trump.

Clinton was shown to have won the popular vote in the immediate aftermath of the election, though Trump managed to win more Electoral College votes and thus the presidency. In the days since the election, some Democrats have called for the Electoral College to be abolished, but as TIME has reported, without the Electoral College, presidential elections would be radically altered. A Moveon.org petition calling for an end to the Electoral College currently has over 572,000 signatures.

A count from Cook Political report also shows that more votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election than in 2012, when President Obama faced former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. In 2016, some 132.6 million voters went to the polls compared to 129 million in 2012.

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