Like Gore, Clinton Will Likely Win The Popular Vote

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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The election isn’t truly over until the final ballots are counted, and though she lost by 58 electoral votes, Hillary Clinton looks like to lead Donald Trump in the popular vote count.

With 98 percent of the popular vote reporting, Clinton currently holds a slight advantage in the count, by a margin of fewer than 200,000 votes. Both candidates still hold 48 percent of the popular vote, according to AP reports as of 9:30 a.m. ET.

If the trend holds, Clinton is on track to become the fifth candidate to win the popular vote while losing the election.

Among the swing states, Trump holds the narrowest leads in Michigan, where he’s ahead by fewer than 20,000 votes, and Wisconsin, where he holds an advantage of almost 30,000 votes. As of 9:30 a.m., both states were at 99 percent of precincts reporting.

The two states shocked the nation as votes rolled in Tuesday night. A majority of polls in both states predicted Clinton would carry Michigan and Wisconsin, and TPM’s Electoral Scoreboard ranked both as leaning toward the Democratic candidate, with Clinton ahead by greater than two, but less than five percentage points.

As of this moment, the election results appear to mimic the 2000 election, when George W. Bush won in the Electoral College, while Al Gore won the popular vote.

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