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How I Told My Daughter The Election Results: The American People Elected The First Female President of the United States By Popular Vote

November 9, 2016

Here is how I said it:

“Honey, I know you just woke up and wanted a woman to be President of the United States, but I have some interesting news for you: Trump may have won the election because of the electoral college. Remember how we talked about needing 270 electoral votes to unequivocally win the election, and remember how you were up until 1 in the morning with your calculator, trying to determine if either candidate had enough votes for an outright win? You studied the maps, emerging election numbers, what percentage of precincts were reporting, and you tried to forecast how Clinton could win? You couldn’t figure out a clear winner. And, remember when we talked about how the electoral college may not follow the vote of the people? Well, neither candidate had enough of a majority to fully win the election by a large margin. Here is what I can tell you: the American People, by popular vote, elected the first female President of the United States. Fuck yeah! That is something to be proud of, to be happy about. “

Then, I showed her the numbers below.


As of 10 a.m. ET, Clinton had amassed 59,299,381 votes nationally, to Trump’s 59,135,740 — a margin of 163,641 that puts Clinton on track to become the fifth U.S. presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election.

Neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote — as of 10 a.m. ET, Clinton stood at 47.7 percent and Trump at 47.5 percent.

I explained it to her:

“By sheer numbers alone, the American People cast one vote at a time to elect the first female President of the United States, but we have to wait until the electoral college weighs in, and we have to stay strong in our hope that Clinton won’t concede before the electoral college gets its chance to vote. The electoral college may surprise us and not vote along party lines. The electoral college may finally hear the will of the people. Let’s hope Clinton doesn’t give up.”

My daughter’s response?

“She hasn’t given up yet, Mom. I don’t think she will. “

We have hope here in our house. We are hoping that Clinton won’t let us down, we the people who elected her, voted for her, believed in her, are hoping she won’t give up the fight before it’s over. Let’s keep hope. My daughter is.

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