Clinton received 3 million more votes than Trump and lost the Electoral College by the mere 77,744 votes that cost her the previously blue states of Michigan (which she lost by .2 of a percentage point), Wisconsin (.8 point), and Pennsylvania (.7 point).
Critics say there is no way to prove Russian interference actually tipped the election towards Trump. Russian operatives did not actually hack our election system and change ballots. You can't quantify how much hacking the DNC or online Russian propaganda actually affected the election.
It seems a difficult task to prove the hacks somehow “affected the election” or “helped Donald Trump win.” For example: One would have to show that tens of thousands of Trump voters were planning to vote for Clinton but changed their mind based solely on the WikiLeaks emails. One would have to show that tens of thousands of Trump voters were planning to vote for Clinton but changed their mind based solely on the WikiLeaks emails.
Trump, after all, won by a margin of about 80,000 votes cast across three states, winning each of the decisive states by less than one percentage point. So even a slight influence could have plausibly made the difference.
WikiLeaks sabatoging his opponent, that was fine...Trump is illegitimate. Campaign colluded with Russia to get elected. Should be impeached. https://t.co/rWo4qVXtFH
What isn't in doubt is that Russia wanted Trump elected and actively worked to undermine the Clinton campaign, though the degree to which the Kremlin succeeded in changing the outcome is still being debated.
Comey says FBI analysts had view from fall until report issued in January that Russia wanted to undermine Clinton’s campaign & help Trump pic.twitter.com/QPhbSGyLtr