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Looks like Clinton will win the popular vote despite losing in electoral college

Votes are still being counted across the country, but it appears Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton could win the popular vote, while President-elect Trump wins the electoral college and thus the White House.

At 5 a.m. on the West Coast, the Associated Press showed Clinton with 59.16 million votes nationally, compared to Trump's 59 million votes.

If that holds true as the remaining precincts report their ballots, it would mimic the 2000 results, where Democrat Al Gore narrowly won the popular vote, but George W. Bush won the White House.

How does that happen? When people cast their votes in the presidential election, they are actually casting votes for "electors," who then cast their votes for president.

The candidate who wins the state's popular vote gets those electors.

The number of electors each state has is equal to its representation in Congress, so with its 53 House members and two senators, California has the largest share with 55 electors.

There are still a handful of states where precincts haven't reported so the popular vote could change, but it isn't expected to be enough to change the electoral vote, or the election's outcome.

At 5 a.m., the Associated Press showed California had 1,644 precincts that hadn't fully reported. Clinton led the state 5.4 million votes to 2.9 million votes.

Other states with outstanding precincts included Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Washington.

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