Donald Trump is the president-elect and yet the popular vote lead for failed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton continued to grow Wednesday. The former secretary of state led by 2.37 million votes over Trump, according to a Cook Political Report analysis.
Clinton has registered 64,902,584 votes to Trump's 62,536,347. That's good for a 1.8 percentage point lead, a slight uptick from earlier this week when Clinton led by 1.7 percentage points. Clinton's popular vote lead is unlikely to move much from where it currently stands.
Of course, the election is not decided by popular vote but rather the Electoral College. Trump scored important victories in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania to earn 306 electoral votes, well over the 270 needed to clinch the presidency.
While Trump comfortably earned the title of president-elect, efforts are underway to re-examine the election results. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has filed for a recount in Wisconsin, a partial recount in Pennsylvania and plans to file for a recount in Michigan, as well. Dozens of voters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, even petitioned local officials to recount the results in handful of local precincts, LancasterOnline reported Wednesday.
The recount efforts are likely all for naught, however. Stein's recount is essentially based on the theory that there were irregularities with voting machines. While Clinton's campaign has said it would assist in the effort in order to "to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides," it also said it had seen no evidence of discrepancies. Clinton allies have even said the recount isn't worth the effort.
"Believe me if there was anything I could do to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States I would," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told the Associated Press. "But this is a big waste of time."
And while some on the team of the Democratic nominee are reportedly still focusing on possible election discrepancies, aides told the AP that Clinton herself isn't focused on the recount, but rather moving on with her life after the election.