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  • So the unlikely and unexpected (by most people) happened and Donald Trump won the US presidential election. With more than 99% of votes counted, he has 290 electoral college votes to Hillary Clinton’s 230. But the result is surprising in another way, because Clinton has won the popular vote by a very large margin with, at the time of writing, over 62.5 million votes to Trump’s 61.2 million (third party candidates gained just under 6.5 million). This dramatic disparity has led, not for the first time, to some calls for the electoral system to be reformed; but while the system works to the advantage of the Republican party, which also now dominates Congress, the likelihood of any change seems vanishingly small.