Hillary Clinton, though she fell tantalizingly short of the White House, made extraordinary progress for women in 2016. Not only was she the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party, she is the first woman to win the popular vote in an American presidential election. By a lot. As of the Cook Political Report’s most recent tally, Clinton leads Trump by 2.6 million popular votes. In fact, her popular vote margin of victory is the largest victory by a candidate who won the popular vote but lost the election since Samuel J. Tilden won the popular vote by a three percent margin over Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, but still lost the Electoral College.
Popularity was a contest she really won this year. Clinton can also take satisfaction that a quote from her concession speech and tweeted by her official account turned out to be the most popular political tweet of the year, and the third most popular tweet on any topic of the year, according to data released by Twitter on Tuesday. “To all the little girls watching … never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world,” Clinton said in her speech the day after the election.
The tweet, which was a perfect rallying cry following an election in which gender attacks were so bitterly deployed by her opponent, has amassed more than 636,000 retweets and more than one million likes on the platform since it was posted. In fact, Clinton also had the second most popular political tweet of 2016. It was a pithy remark posted to her account back in June — and one that many people will continue to echo for years to come.
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