Clinton popular vote win margin entirely from California

Minus the People's Republic of California, Trump actually won the popular vote in the rest of the U.S., by 58,474,401 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 57,064,530.

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Donald Trump's "Thank You Tour" in Florida wishes voters there a real, American "Merry Christmas." (Composite image via Trump's Twitter page)

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2016 – In an article appearing Friday in Investors Business Daily, reporter John Merline totes up the final voting figures for Election 2016 and discovers what should already be obvious to most voters, writers and analysts who still know how to observe and think: Minus the popular vote numbers from the Grand Duchy of California, Donald Trump actually won the popular vote in the remaining states, not to mention a substantial electoral vote majority.

“… while Clinton’s overall margin looks large and impressive, it is due to Clinton’s huge margin of victory in one state — California — where she got a whopping 4.3 million more votes than Trump.

“California is the only state, in fact, where Clinton’s margin of victory was bigger than President Obama’s in 2012 — 61.5% vs. Obama’s 60%.

“But California is the exception that proves the true genius of the Electoral College — which was designed to prevent regional candidates from dominating national elections.


“In recent years, California has been turning into what amounts to a one-party state. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of Californian’s who registered as Democrats climbed by 1.1 million, while the number of registered Republicans dropped by almost 400,000.

“What’s more, many Republicans in the state had nobody to vote for in November.

“There were two Democrats — and zero Republicans — running to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer. There were no Republicans on the ballot for House seats in nine of California’s congressional districts.

“At the state level, six districts had no Republicans running for the state senate, and 16 districts had no Republicans running for state assembly seats.

“Plus, since Republicans knew Clinton was going to win the state — and its entire 55 electoral votes — casting a ballot for Trump was virtually meaningless, since no matter what her margin of victory, Clinton was getting all 55 votes.”

By recently adopting a candidate runoff system virtually guaranteeing that state and Federal election contests would eliminate the majority of Republican candidates in state primary elections, California has completed the deck-stacking efforts begun by Bill Clinton and Al Gore during the Clinton Administration.


America’s immovable object: The Electoral College


During that time, the Administration covertly supported mass and often illegal immigration from Mexico and points south, fast-tracking these customarily socialist-voting imports into U.S. citizenship, the better to collect food stamps and welfare payments—and ensure their support for Democrat candidates in the decades to come.

In so doing, the Administration guaranteed that California—solidly conservative as late as the 1980s—would be forever transformed into a solid, Democrat-dominated fiefdom, driven by this mass of newly imported mostly Hispanic citizens forever beholden to Democrats.

Clearly, this underhanded scheme, supported by a supine major media that refused to report it, resulted most recently in the lopsided number of California voters favoring Hillary Clinton. She easily won California by what Merline characterizes as “a whopping 4.3 million more” popular votes than Trump. Hence, the national popular vote margin losing Democrats continue to crow about.

This leads to a key point: Looking at the final 2016 electoral map of the U.S., it becomes abundantly clear that the liberal-to-left-wing dominated northeast and west coast states—the anti-business, anti-middle-class cadre that’s dominated American political leadership and the corrupt national news media since at least the beginning of the Bill Clinton Administration (notwithstanding the interregnum of George W. Bush)—have actually been running roughshod over the vast majority of this country for decades.

This year, the remainder of the country, already fed up with the Kafka-esque and obviously anti-American PC politics and redistributionist economics jammed down middle- and working-class throats by these coastal elites, finally found a rallying point in Donald J. Trump. He gave voice at long last to the hopes and fears of the country’s beleaguered farmers and workers, who promptly leaped over party barriers to vote for him in droves.

State by state, American citizens, even in those once union-dominated “Blue Wall” states of America’s long-forgotten Rust Belt, stood up and voted for Trump in massive numbers, including many voters who’d sat out recent elections out of frustration, cynicism and an absence of hope.


America’s left fights Trump to the last elector


Looking back on American history, by creating the allegedly antiquated Electoral College system, which is geared toward frustrating the aims of clearly regional Presidential candidates, the Founding Fathers created a constitutional system of state-by-state voting, virtually ensuring a winning presidential candidate would need to court wide rather than regional support. That’s exactly what happened in this year’s election.

California, New York, et. al., were clearly revealed this year to have been completely out of step with the majority of American voters on a state-by-state basis. Hence, Trump’s electoral victory, despite the misldeadingly lopsided popular vote figures from an unnaturally large and unnaturally one-party state like the People’s Republic of California.

Electors have traditionally voted as their own state majorities have voted, ritually confirming the national electoral vote totals every four years a little more than a month after the popular vote figures and state won-and-lost tallies are completed. Unable to accept this reality, die-hard Democrats and leftists are now attempting to subvert the Electoral College itself.

Having lost Election 2016 on all levels, these dead-ender leftists are once again trying to nullify another key part of the U.S. Constitution’s “checks and balances” by running roughshod over the Electoral College and attempting to subvert it by threatening pledged Trump delegates to pressure them into switching their votes to Hillary Clinton, going against longtime established tradition. Their real aim here is to put in place a false narrative aimed at robbing Trump’s presidency of its “legitimacy,” much as they attempted (successfully) to under mine the Bush victories of 2000 and 2004.

While pondering California’s lopsided and out-of-step electoral and popular vote figures, much of the rest of the nation is, by all accounts, happy and relieved to see that once again, the foresight of America’s founders makes it difficult for any marginal faction to run roughshod over the wishes of the national majority comprised of the individual states and their voters. Even out-of-step #NeverTrump Republicans and some Democrats have been quietly joining the growing camp of pro-Trump American optimists.

Clearly, in Election 2016, coastal elites were at last “checked and balanced.” That’s what’s ignited their ongoing fury now, and it’s what will drive their predictable, endless and often violent, often foreign-funded protests agitation and rioting over the next four years. They don’t really believe in individual rights. But, thank God, real Americans still do.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17