Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead over Donald Trump has surpassed the 2.5 million benchmark, according to a tally Wednesday evening.

Compiled from “official sources” by David Wasserman, an analyst with the Cook Political Report, the latest count puts the Democratic presidential nominee up 1.9 percent.

Trump won the Nov. 8 election through the Electoral College, but absentee and provisional ballots in large Democratic states like California are still being counted. The total vote tally stands at 65,145,375 votes for Clinton and 62,623,869 for Trump, according to Wasserman’s count. That gives Clinton 48.2 percent of the popular vote, while Trump received 46.3 percent.

The only presidential candidate to receive a higher raw presidential vote total than Clinton was Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Wasserman’s count is at the higher end of vote tallies released so far. The latest figures released by the Associated Press late Wednesday show Clinton up only 2,357,260 votes.

Clinton’s large lead in the popular vote count has fueled demonstrations across the country protesting Trump’s victory. There have been calls from prominent Democrats, including former Vice President Al Gore, to abolish the Electoral College.

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has raised millions of dollars to request recounts in three swing states where there have been reports of tampering with voting machines. She has filed for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and a selection of precincts in Pennsylvania over the last week, and if all three are overturned they would give Clinton enough Electoral College votes to defeat Trump.

Carrier has been asking for—and getting—subsidies long before Trump-Pence

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President Election Donald Trump—whose VP-elect happens to be Indiana’s governor—has waved this decision by Carrier aloft as a victory for Trump’s toughness and dealmaking. It’s worth remembering, though, that Carrier (and its parent company United Technologies) have previously disappointed those policymakers who thought they could get the company to stay—granted enough incentives.

When Carrier announced the 2,100 layoffs in Huntington earlier this year, Sen.

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