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This 2020 Scenario In Which Donald Trump Loses by Even More Than He Did In 2016 But Still Wins Re-Election Will Keep You Up At Night

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on 5G deployment in the United States on April 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump discussed plans to build out a nationalized 5G network with plans to invest $20 billion improving broadband access. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

Millions of Americans remember the sinking feeling they had on November 8, 2016 when—against virtually all predictions—then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump defeated Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to clench the presidency.

It's likely that many of them watching the results asked, "Could this defeat be any worse?"


According to editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, David Wasserman, it can.

A notable aspect of the 2016 presidential election results is that Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million votes, yet Trump won the electoral college and subsequently the presidency. Wasserman says it's not out of the question for Trump to lose the popular vote by an even greater margin while still winning the presidency by one electoral vote.

Read Wasserman's scenario below:

The only times in modern history that a candidate has lost the popular vote, yet still ascended to the presidency are in 2000 with Republican George W. Bush and in 2016 with Republican Donald Trump. It's led many to call the electoral college outdated and call for its abolishment.

People were disturbed by the scenario Wasserman laid out.

Gird your loins. Get to work.