The world is buzzing about France’s election and Emmanuel Macron, the “centrist left” contender, which is stirring up political waves even here in the US. Macron is reportedly the favorite who mixes France’s socialist traditions with France’s emerging Republican shifts. Pundits particularly see him as a “favorite” because the populist Republican shift of anti-immigration and push to break from the European Union, has many worried in France it would be like a “Trump” regime turning their culture inside out. This political shift comes after horrible attacks on France by terrorist started over a year ago, so of course, one can see why the convenience of this emerging political party.
This led into a discussion how in the united states we were getting rid of socialism/liberalism. I was listening to the news on my way to work this morning and someone predicts the French election to be much like ours where the tide of change is coming to end “Liberalism/Socialism” worldwide. This caller went on to say that luckily our voting system with the electoral colleges didn’t allow New York or California to give the election to Clinton. I have heard this Republican rhetoric my entire life. So, I did some fact checking on state by state numbers because I believe the electoral college system is outdated.
Overall, Clinton received almost 3 million more votes than Trump, with 65,853,625 to Trump’s 62,985,106. When I looked at state by state most were very close. Only California and New York were the ones with the greatest amount of despairing votes between Clinton and Trump, but those states alone would not have given her almost 63 million votes. In fact, the swing state of Florida had Trump winning by less than a thousand votes! That’s right, less than a less people gave Trump Florida.
In the state of Indiana, home of ultra conservative VP Mike Pence, Clinton had over a million votes. A million people living in the heartland of Indiana voted for Clinton. Much like most of the states, thousands and millions of people voted for Clinton, and they were not all in New York or California. Facts are facts and lets push to have our election system count vote per vote.