How Trump Won: Hillary Clinton Won the Popular Vote But Was Not As Popular As Barack Obama
You might be thinking "duh." But it's important to highlight that Hillary Clinton had less support than Barack Obama did in either of his elections, because there's a narrative that there was a ground swell of Republican voters that came out to thrust Donald Trump to victory.
A new chart posted on Imgur suggests that simply isn't the case.
There were no more people that voted Republican in this election than in the past two elections. There were, in fact, less.
The problem for Hillary Clinton is that there were also less people that voted for her in this election than for Obama in the past two elections, and it was by a much larger margin.
A full 10 million fewer people voted for Clinton in 2016 than for Obama in 2008, and around 5 million fewer people voted for Clinton in 2016 than Obama in 2012.
The total number of Republican voters was roughly 60 million in each of the past three elections, however, in this election the actual number of Republican voters was smaller than in either of the past two.