Was the 2016 Election the Most Out of Whack in U.S. History?

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Did 2016 represent the biggest gulf between the popular vote results and the electoral college verdict in history?

The answer to this doesn’t affect the outcome. Either way, Democrats will claim that their popular vote victory should be considered when assessing Trump’s mandate. Trump will say he would have won the popular vote too if he’d tried.

But for those who are trivia buffs — or think it’s important that the election results reflect the will of the people as closely as possible — here’s where things stand (as of 11/20/2016).

In all but four elections, the popular vote winner also won the electoral college. So the contenders for most out-of-whack election are those election where the person who won the popular vote lost the electoral college:




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