Donald Trump won the presidential election by clinching 290 electoral votes versus Hillary Clinton’s 228. But the popular votes tell a pretty different story. By the time the final tally comes in, Clinton could be ahead as many as 2 million votes over Trump.
The electoral college system was established in the Constitution in 1787, and has come under criticism for being antiquated.
Los Angeles Times’s reporter David G. Savage has written a piece on the history of the electoral college, and efforts over the years to reform the system.