December 19, 2016 Small states, big states, and the election
Democrats have tried to delegitimize Trump’s election by pointing to his large popular vote loss.
Republicans have responded by pointing out that Clinton’s popular vote edge is from one state (California). It is true that Clinton was more dependent on California votes than Trump was on any state’s votes. Clinton got 13 percent of her votes from California. Trump got about 7 percent of his votes from his strongest state. However, once you go beyond California things even out a bit.
Clinton got over 3 million votes in each of his top five states (California, NY, Texas, Florida, Illinois). She lost two of those states. She got about 24.5 million votes from those states (37 percent of her vote).
Trump got 2.8 million votes in each of his top five states (California, Texas, Florida, Pa, Ohio). He got about 19.5 million from those states (31 percent of his total vote).
So Clinton got 37 percent of her votes from five states, and Trump got 31 percent from his top five. Her vote was a little more concentrated than Trump’s, but not as much as one might expect from all the blather in the media (social and otherwise).