JUST IN: Popular Vote Numbers Show SUDDEN Spike, This Is A VERY Big Deal For Democrats (VIDEO)

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Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 1.7 million and counting, yet Donald Trump and the GOP are swaggering around as if they’ve won a huge mandate.

On Sunday, ABC News reported Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump had risen to over 1.5 million votes:

‘While the number of votes for both president-elect Donald Trump and his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton continue to increase, the gap is widening, with Clinton expanding her popular vote lead over Trump.’

This means that if we had a simple one person, one vote, Hillary Clinton would have won the 2016 election by a decisive 48 to 47 percent.

‘As of Saturday, Clinton had received 63,390,669 votes, while Trump received 61,820,845 votes — a difference of 1,569,824, according to The AP.’

The president-elect was already fuming last week when Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead surged past 1 million. He even took to Twitter to cry sour grapes.

Then, on Monday, the non-partisan Cook Political Report showed Hillary Clinton’s lead had increased to 1.7 million. So why haven’t all the votes been counted yet? USA Today explains that while votes are still being counted in many states, absentee and provisional ballots from California are the main culprit.

‘Clinton’s lead of about 1.7 million votes continues to increase, largely due to an influx of absentee and provisional ballots still being counted in California. She has about 63.7 million votes to Trump’s 62 million; her margin in California alone is about 3.5 million.’

Furthermore, it turns out that the margins for the battleground states that went for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton are vanishingly small.

‘Three thousand votes are all that separate Clinton and Trump in New Hampshire. The margin is about 12,000 in Michigan, 27,000 in Wisconsin, 68,000 in Pennsylvania and 113,000 in Florida — close, but nothing compared to the 537 votes that separated George W. Bush and Al Gore in Florida 16 years ago.’

Back in 2012, Donald Trump railed against the Electoral College.

Now that it’s likely to hand him a victory over Hillary Clinton, he thinks the Electoral College is the bee’s knees.

Watch: Hillary Clinton’s popular vote numbers surge past Donald Trump’s by 1.7 million.

Alas, in our system, the winner takes all, even when the winner didn’t really win. Back in 2000, George W. Bush governed from the far-right despite the fact that — aside from the strong possibility of that election being stolen — a clear majority of Americans had voted center-left.  Al Gore won 51,009,810 votes and Ralph Nader won 2,888,443 votes for a combined 339,894,253 votes compared to George W. Bush’s 50,462,412. The hotly-disputed state of Florida had 25 electoral votes and Bush “won” with 271 to Gore’s 266.

Donald Trump is a fraud.

President-elect Donald Trump acts as though he’s won a mandate. But really, he’s nothing but a fraud. He’s run countless scams — most notably his bogus Trump University — and filed multiple bankruptcies that screwed his contractors and workers out of their wages.

Furthermore, the exit polls reveal that many voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump because he convinced them that he’ll bring change. And now, here he is bringing people into his administration who will double down on the GOP’s (and to a lesser extent, the Democrats’) deeply unpopular policies.

So how is this happening?

Thanks to the much-loathed Electoral College, people don’t vote, states vote. Each state gets a set number of electoral votes and in some states our votes count more than in others. In other words, although Hillary won the lion’s share of our votes nationwide, Donald Trump won majorities in more states.

As Fair Vote explains:

‘On average a state is awarded one electoral vote for every 565,166 people. However, Wyoming has three electoral votes and only 532,668 citizens (as of 2008 estimates). As a result each of Wyoming’s three electoral votes corresponds to 177,556 people. Understood in one way, these people have 3.18 times as much clout in the Electoral College as an average American, or 318%.’

Electoral votes are awarded based on the state’s number of U.S. House reps, which is determined by the 2010 census. If you enjoy poring over numbers and data, here’s they are in a PDF file. For a quick visual snapshot, here’s a chart.

For most of our nation’s history — except in the elections of 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000 — the popular vote has driven the Electoral College…But now as populations concentrate heavily in certain states and cities, this is swiftly changing. Back in 1981 Allan Lichtman, a political historian and professor at American University in Washington, D.C., created an election forecasting system based on that assumption. Now, he grimly intoned on NPR, “that relationship has been severed.”

Featured image: Video screen grab via Fox News.