It appears that when the tallies are complete, Arizona and Michigan will fall into Donald Trump’s column, giving Trump 306 total electoral votes. That margin is sufficient for Trump to claim, quite legitimately, a mandate to govern. Yet Hillary Clinton racked up 59,600,546 popular votes to Trump’s 59,391,742: a margin for Clinton of over 200,000 popular votes that’s unlikely to shrink substantially.
There can be only one explanation: the Democrats’ supporters are excessively concentrated in the coastal megalopolises. That gave Clinton large margins in those states she won. But had her supporters been more evenly distributed throughout the country, the Electoral College majority, and the accompanying the mandate to govern, might have gone to her.
The Democrats’ “Free Shit Army,” as large as it is and as carefully as the Obama Administration has nourished it, is poorly apportioned among the states for presidential-contest purposes. That’s a large part of the reason for their hostility toward the Electoral College – a theme we will surely hear them trumpet once again.
The significance will not be lost on Democrat strategists. They can’t compel their supporters to relocate to less urban states, but they could press their allies in various state legislatures and governors’ mansions to contrive inducements toward that end. All while they denounce the Republicans as “racists,” “sexists,” “xenophobes,” and agitate for an end to the “barbarous relic” of the Electoral College, of course.