Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Republican President-elect Donald Trump in November, but she did garner nearly 3 million more votes than Trump, according to the final election results.
Clinton finished with 48.2 percent of the vote, and Trump earned 46.1 percent of the total. As stunning as Clinton’s loss was, she still doesn’t have the most embarrassing loss in American political history.
That honor goes to former President Andrew Jackson, who won the popular vote by 10 percent, and lost the Electoral College in 1824. Clinton’s loss also comes behind former President Rutherford B. Hayes’ election in 1876, who won the Electoral College by one vote and lost the popular vote by 3 percent to Samuel Tilden.
A general election poll taken the day before the election by ABC News gave Clinton 49 percent compared to Trump’s 46 percent of the vote, nearly even with the final results of the election.
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