Since Nov. 8 you’ve probably heard it time and again that it was unfair that Hillary Clinton list the election, because she beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes.
The argument is that she would have been president if not for the electoral college system.
But the electoral college worked just as it was intended. The Founders created this system to prevent a few populated centers from the nation to rule the entire country, which is similar to the way they set up the Senate so that populous states wouldn’t have outsized power over less-populated states.
One set of numbers in particular really drives this point home. Trump won the vote in 2,626 counties nationwide, while Clinton won the vote in just 487 counties. That’s a stunningly low number, even for a Democrat. When former President Barack Obama won 689 counties nationwide in 2009, he set a record for the lowest number of counties won by a winning presidential candidate.
Half of Clinton’s popular vote lead over Trump came from 1.5 million voters in the five counties that make up New York City.
It is true that many of the counties Clinton won were urban areas on the West and East coast. Trump’s counties though were found in less-populate and relatively poor, rural areas made up of the rest of the country. In terms of land-area, Trump won a majority of the nation.
Trump even flipped 200 counties that voted for Obama in 2012, by the way, Clinton only flipped 30 counties that went to Republicans in the previous election.
Clinton winning the election was exactly the kind of scenario that the Founders were working towards avoiding while the made the electoral college.