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Michigan win pushes Trump’s Electoral College votes to 306

Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:33
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The AP reports (via ABC News) that shortly after 2 pm on Monday, Nov. 28, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers unanimously certified Donald Trump as the winner in the state’s presidential election.

Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes or 0.2%, making 2016 the tightest presidential race in the state’s almost 200-year history:

  • Trump 2,279,543 (47.6%)
  • Clinton 2,268,839 (47.4%)
  • Johnson 172,136 (3.6%)
  • Stein 51,463 (1.1%)

The result pushed Trump’s total Electoral College (EC) votes to 306 (vs. Hillary’s 232).

map-of-2016-presidential-election-results2016-electoral-votes

Trump’s 306 Electoral College votes places him above these U.S. presidents in modern history (Wikipedia):

  • Harry S. Truman, 1948: 303 EC votes
  • John F. Kennedy, 1960: 303 EC votes
  • Richard Nixon, 1968: 301 EC votes
  • Jimmy Carter, 1976: 297 EC votes
  • George W. Bush, 2000: 271 EC votes
  • George W. Bush, 2004: 286 EC votes

Ronald Reagan in 1984 received the largest number of Electoral votes of any president in U.S. history: 525 (vs. Walter Mondale’s 13).

Trump’s 306 Electoral votes, while 74 votes more than Hillary’s 232, are not a landslide victory because his votes do not constitute an “overwhelming majority” in the Electoral College, being but 56.9% of the 538 total. An “overwhelming majority” is defined as at least 80% of the total EC votes.

H/t GiGi and The Last Refuge

~Eowyn

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