Hilary Clinton lost more votes than Trump in the Electoral College
America’s President-Elect Donald Trump has taken to his twitter handle to celebrate what he called “official declaration” that he had won the election.
Taking a swipe at the media which he described as “distorted and inaccurate,” the 70-year-old billionaire tweeted, “We did it! Thank you to all of my great supporters, we just officially won the election (despite all of the distorted and inaccurate media).”
America’s Electoral College on Monday confirmed Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States, unswayed by a desperate bid by die-hard opponents to bar the Republican’s path to the White House.
Six weeks after his upset victory over the Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump sailed as expected past the 270 votes needed to make his victory official according to US media, clearing the way for him to succeed Barack Obama on January 20.
In a statement released by his team, the president-elect welcomed the “overwhelming vote” in his favour, while reaching out to the Democrats who sought against the odds to block him.
“With this historic step, we can look forward to the bright future ahead,” he said. “I will work hard to unite our country and be the president of all Americans.”
Under normal circumstances, the College vote is a little-watched, rubber stamp formality in which electors — most of them party members — officially cast ballots for the candidate that won the popular tally in their state.
This time, however, the divisive nature of the campaign, Trump’s provocative personality, and Clinton’s lead of nearly three million votes in the popular tally combined to raise the stakes.
The Electoral College vote works like this: when US voters cast ballots on November 8, they did not directly elect the president but rather 538 electors charged with translating their wishes into reality.
Trump won a clear majority of those electors: 306.