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Every four years, the US has the citizens vote for a new president. This  past year, 2016, there was another election. There were many people running. After a series of primaries and caucuses, Donald Trump became the Republican Candidate and Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Candidate.

The US has a voting system called the Electoral College. The Electoral College has 538 voters. A candidate has to have 270 votes to become president. Each state has a certain amount of electoral votes, based on the state’s population. For most states, when the final votes are cast, all the electoral votes go to the candidate who had the popular vote in that state. However, in Maine and Nebraska, they have a different system, called “proportional representation.”  They split the votes, depending on how many votes (from the citizens) each candidate got.

On November 8th, 2016, citizens from all over the country went to their local polls to vote for who they thought the next president should be.

Donald Trump became the president, with a total of 290 electoral votes. He won the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine (1 electoral vote), Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Montana. He also won Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. He finished with 61,201,031 popular votes.

Hillary Clinton finished with a total of 232 electoral votes. She won these states:  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), Hawaii, Illinois, Maine (3 votes), Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. She finished with a total of 62,523,126 popular votes.

Some people were quite surprised about the election results, because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but not the electoral vote. The popular vote is just how many people voted for which candidate, but the electoral vote is what actually counts. 

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