Did Process Trump Politics?
America woke or didn’t sleep to the announcement that their 45th POTUS was to be Republican Donald J. Trump, and not as many of the polls had predicted Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton. Trump is scheduled to take office as President on January 20, 2017 despite getting less votes than his opponent ‘heir-presumptive’ Hilary Clinton. So how did this happen?
As we look at the results below, Clinton won the popular vote by a narrow margin, but Trump was named President-Elect due to the voting process as he won the electoral college vote. This is not the first time the Electoral College System has produced such a result, in fact this has happened 4 times before, in 1800, 1824, 1976 and more recently 2000. We need only cast our minds back 16 years when George W. Bush was named the next President, despite having 500,000 votes less than Democratic candidate, Al Gore. Then there was public outcry that the voting system and process in place had failed the American people, Bush had won key state Florida by just 537 votes.
Table by Associated Press
No matter what your take is on the outcome of the election, the power of process has been demonstrated.