John Nichols Clinton's popular vote lead closes in on 600,000 votes. She is now ahead by a wider popular-vote margin than Nixon in 1968 or JFK in 1960.
This chart shows a key fact about the election: while the Republican vote in 2008 remain just about the same, the Democratic vote declined from 53% to 48%. That was roughly ten million fewer people voting for Clinton than voted for Obama.
Three states voted to reinstate or otherwise support the death penalty. The measures voted through in Oklahoma, Nebraska and California via referendum are not expected to spark a sharp rise in the number of executions, but activists say they are a step in the wrong direction. In 2016, the United States is on course for its lowest number of executions since 1991.