After over 2 weeks since the election results came in, the votes have been counted and Michigan is finally officially being called for Donald Trump.
Trump received 2,279,543 votes and Hillary Clinton came in at 2,268,839, a difference of 10,704 (originally Trump led by 13,107 the day after the election).
Although many anti-Trump protesters and detractors have lamented that Clinton won the popular vote, the fact is irrelevant, as the election rules were based on the electoral college. If it had been based on the popular vote, both candidates would have campaign very differently, focusing on large population states like New York and California, which Trump did not even campaign in since it would have been a waste of resources in our electoral college system.
The fact of the matter is, Hillary Clinton’s advantage came exclusively from California, where she topped Trump by 3.73 million votes alone (7,848,586 to 4,117,354). So one state provided her with enough of an advantage to easily win her the popular vote. If this had been an election based on vote totals alone, Trump would obviously have focused more on California and Republicans in that state would have been more motivated to cast their ballots for him.
Jill Stein, out of all people, is organizing a campaign for a recount to challenge the election results in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, she has so far raised over 3 million dollars for this cause in a suspiciously short period of time. Stein only gained about 1% of the vote in each of those states, so what would be the point of her bothering to challenge them? Could it be that she is working on behalf of someone else and acting a proxy to undermine our legitimate election?
The bottom line, no one knows how the election would have turned out if we on a popular vote system, and the left has no right to challenge the results based on a hypothetical theory.
Detroit Free Press reports:
In the closest race for president in Michigan’s history, Republican Donald Trump is hanging on to a 10,704 vote win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Michigan Secretary of State posted results Wednesday that were submitted by the state’s 83 county clerks on Tuesday after the votes were reviewed and certified by each county.
Before that compiled count, Trump held a 13,107 lead over Clinton. But after each county certified its results, the lead shrunk to 10,704, with the biggest chunk coming from Wayne County, which showed that Clinton had gotten 565 more votes than originally tallied by the county.
The state’s Board of Canvassers will officially certify the results on Nov. 28. The electoral college in all the states, including Michigan’s 16 electors, will cast their votes on Dec. 19.
“Many people have asked about Michigan’s process for counting ballots and certifying election results. Please be aware that all 1,521 Michigan cities and townships completed ballot counting and reported unofficial results by the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9,” according to a statement on the Secretary of State’s website. “The county canvassing boards, as they do after every election, then began their work to review and certify the results from each precinct.”
Across the nation, Trump won 306 electoral votes — including Michigan’s 16 — to 232 for Clinton. In the popular vote, Clinton holds a lead of more than 2 million votes.
Trump is the first Republican presidential candidate since 1988 to win Michigan.
The vote totals that will be submitted to the state Canvassers Board on Nov. 28 are:
- Donald J. Trump, Republican: 2,279,543
- Hillary Clinton, Democratic: 2,268,839
- Gary Johnson, Libertarian: 172,136
- Jill Stein, Green: 51,463
- Darrell L. Castle, U.S. Taxpayers: 16,139
- Evan McMullin, write-in: 8,177
- Emidio Mimi Soltysik, Natural Law: 2,209
- Michael Maturen, write-in: 517
- Tom Hoefling, write-in: 95
- Laurence Kotlikoff, write-in: 87
- Ben Hartnell, write-in: 39
- Monica Moorehead, write-in: 30
- Cherunda Fox, write-in: 10