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By carrying the long-Democratic states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, President-elect Trump won a resounding electoral college victory. But he also lost the popular vote — a legally meaningless fact that should concern Republicans about the future all the same.

However, there is one milestone that Trump has now managed to cross as votes continue to be counted.

Twelve years after George W. Bush set a record for the number of votes won by a Republican presidential candidate, Trump has just barely inched past him. Bush’s total, just over 62 million, was good enough at that time for an overall majority of the popular vote.

The overall record for any presidential candidate (at more than 69 million) was set by Barack Obama in 2008, and in 2012 he claimed the silver medal as well with nearly 66 million.

Meanwhile, the running count for all Republican House candidates (who on aggregate won the national popular vote by more than 3 million) is approaching 61.3 million, according to the tabulation kept by Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.

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“It is not good enough for somebody to say, ‘I’m a woman, vote for me.’ That is not good enough,” Sanders said.

11/21/16 11:48 AM

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