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Election 2016 Officially Over With Final Vote Tallies

Clinton's final margin in popular vote: +2.86M
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2016 5:40 PM CST
Election 2016 Officially Over With Final Vote Tallies
This Sept. 26, 2016 file photo shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.   (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

(Newser) – Forty-three days after the election, all the votes have finally been tallied and certified. History will show Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by a final count of nearly 3 million votes, the Hill reports. According to a tweet Tuesday from the nonpartisan Cook Report, Clinton received 65,844,610 votes (48.2%) to Trump's 62,979,636 (46.1%). However with the Electoral College officially making Trump the 45th US president on Monday, history will also show Clinton as the second Democrat in the past five elections to win the popular vote but lose the presidency. Meanwhile, the Huffington Post reports Trump had the third worst popular-vote performance by a winning candidate on record. (Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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