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Hillary Clinton Won 487 Counties In Election, Not 57: AP Fact Check

A fake news story getting posted on several sites falsely claimed she only won 57

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    Hillary Clinton addresses the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds celebration at the Newseum in Washington, in this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 file photo. A trending story that Clinton only won 57 counties in the election is untrue.

    A trending story that claims Hillary Clinton won a total of 57 counties in the presidential election is untrue.

    The Associated Press finds that Clinton won 487 counties nationwide, compared with 2,626 for President-elect Donald Trump.

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    The story appeared on several viral content sites that cater to some of Trump's supporters. A search of Facebook showed many instances of the story being shared on the social network. 

    It also falsely claimed that Clinton outpaced Trump by more than 2 million votes in the five counties that comprise New York City, which the story claimed accounted for the entirety of her lead in the national popular vote. An AP count finds that Clinton beat Trump by roughly 1.5 million votes in New York City. Nationwide, Clinton holds a popular vote lead of more than 2 million.

    The AP considers parishes in Louisiana as counties in election tallies. Washington, D.C., and Alaska have a single statewide reporting unit. Virginia's count includes 95 counties and 38 independent cities.