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The Electoral College

Being an engineer by degree, I have a strong bias for facts, numbers, I guess you could say “objective truth”.  I wanted to analyze the 2016 presidential election results for myself.

The left says the election wasn’t legitimate because Clinton won the popular vote.  The right says that Trump won fair and square because he won the electoral college and the majority of US counties.

I’ve seen graphics, tweets, and memes that address the outcome of 2016 presidential election voting.  I have checked these claims and just about every one has been proven to be misleading or completely wrong, either through mistake or intent.

As I did my research, I found that it’s a challenge getting granular voting results.  It’s easy to get state numbers, but not county and precinct numbers.  I had to Google like it was my job to get fairly accurate (not perfect, I assure you) vote counts.

I got my numbers, for my large Excel spreadsheet, from:

Tony McGovern (his LinkedIn Profile)

… at:

Tony’s Data

… and, because Alaska is an oddity in the way they report voting:

Alaska 2016 Election Data

Here are a few observations:

Counties Won:

  1. Trump: 2,634 (84%)
  2. Clinton: 491 (16%)
  3. No voters: 16 (1%)

Clinton won 6 counties by more than 450,000 votes EACH.  In total, a 4,194,325-vote differential in these 6 counties.

These are inner-city counties in NYC (2), LA, Seattle, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Anyone wondering why we have an electoral college should be able to look at these numbers and understand its value.  Without it, east- and west-coast elites would be running our country.

Please send me a message if you’d like me to send you copies of my spreadsheets.
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