She had 59,755,284 votes, according to CNN’s tally, with 92% of the expected vote counted. Trump had 59,535,522. That difference of 219,762 is razor-thin considering the nearly 120 million votes counted so far. The totals will continue to change as absentee votes trickle in.
It’s a fascinating turn of events for Trump, who four years ago tweeted, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy,” following Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012.
If Clinton hangs on, she would become the first presidential candidate since Al Gore in 2000 to win the popular vote but lose the election. Trump, who clinched the nomination by securing 270 Electoral College votes, currently leads Clinton 290-228, though Michigan and New Hampshire have yet to be called.
Prior to Gore’s defeat to George W. Bush in 2000, three other candidates — Andrew Jackson, Samuel Tilden and Grover Cleveland, all in the 19th century — had won the popular vote and lost the election.