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Hillary Clinton won more than 57 counties in 2016 presidential election

May 23, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: There are 3,141 counties in the U.S. Trump won 3,084. Clinton won 57. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Trump won 2,626 counties while Clinton took 487 of them nationwide. 

THE FACTS: The false claim, which was first made in 2016 and resurfaced this week on Facebook, is paired with an inaccurate map of election results. The map shows county-by-county wins shaded as red for Trump and blue for Clinton. Several counties that Clinton won in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio are inaccurately colored as red for Trump. 

The post uses the false information to suggest that “California and New York shouldn’t speak for the rest of the U.S.” 

The Associated Press counted 3,113 counties, parishes and independent cities in the 2016 president election count, which is used by media outlets nationwide to report election results. The AP tallies parishes in Louisiana and 38 independent cities in Virginia as counties. Meanwhile, Washington D.C. and Alaska are counted as a single statewide reporting unit. 

While Trump won more counties and electoral votes than Clinton, she won the popular vote by more than 3 million. 

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program:


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.