By Madeline Conway
Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote over President-elect Donald Trump has surpassed 1 million, according to Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
As the final vote counts continue to trickle in a week after Election Day, Wasserman’s tally found that Clinton had 61,963,234 votes to Trump’s 60,961,185 as of Tuesday afternoon.
Wasserman tweeted that votes from Montgomery County, Maryland, pushed Clinton’s lead over the 1-million mark, with the Democratic nominee receiving roughly 20,000 more votes, compared to about 3,000 for Trump.
Votes are still being tabulated in California, Utah and Washington, according to Tracy Lewis, elections operations manager for the Associated Press. The result in Michigan remains too close to call.
Trump, a Republican and a distinct underdog going into the election, won the Electoral College by a considerable margin, stunning Washington and both major-party establishments. While Clinton racked up large raw vote margins in blue states like California and came closer than Democrats traditionally do in states such as Arizona and Georgia, Trump managed to flip states in the Midwest like Wisconsin, carrying him to victory.
Clinton’s unexpected loss in the Electoral College has prompted some grumbling about the system among Democrats, who also lost the White House but won the popular vote in 2000. On Tuesday, California Sen. Barbara Boxer filed a longshot bill that would eliminate the Electoral College.
Trump on Tuesday boasted on his Twitter account that he would have won the popular vote, too, had that been the focus of his campaign.
“If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily,” he wrote. “The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!”