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Hillary Clinton surpasses 1M popular vote lead over Donald Trump

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Andrew V. Pestano
Hillary Clinton, seen here delivering her concession speech in New York City on Nov. 9, has 1 million more votes than Donald Trump in the national popular vote, but loses in the Electoral College. Pool photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI
Hillary Clinton, seen here delivering her concession speech in New York City on Nov. 9, has 1 million more votes than Donald Trump in the national popular vote, but loses in the Electoral College. Pool photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead over President-elect Donald Trump has surpassed 1 million, according to an independent analysis.

Cook Political Report on Wednesday said Clinton had 62,403,469 votes compared to Trump's 61,242,652 votes.

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Clinton's victory in the popular vote has generated criticism against the United States' Electoral College system. Following the 2016 election, Clinton's loss is the fifth time in U.S. history a candidate who won the popular vote did not assume the presidency. The last time was in 2000, when former Vice President Al Gore defeated then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the popular vote, but lost the recount in Florida -- giving Bush the needed electoral votes to win the executive branch.

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Trump on Tuesday defended the Electoral College, despite calling the system a "disaster for a democracy" in 2012.

"If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y., Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily," Trump wrote on Twitter. "The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!"

Votes were still being counted in several states.

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