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Donald J. Trump leaving The New York Times after an interview on Tuesday. Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Clinton fans not giving up hope of victory.

As Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote grows, some of her most ardent supporters are clinging to hope that she could still win the election. petition has garnered more than four million signatures urging Electoral College electors in some states to ignore the will of the voters and back Mrs. Clinton, reminding them that they could do so without any legal penalty.

The electors will cast their ballots on Dec. 19. On Twitter, the hashtags #AuditTheVote and #AuditTheElection have become rallying cries for supporters of Mrs. Clinton who are directing people to flood the Justice Department with telephone calls about voting irregularities. The push is also taking place on Facebook, where calls are growing for a full investigation into Russia’s role in the election.

The sister of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton, has weighed in, noting the slim margin that Mrs. Clinton would need to make up in three swing states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — to come out on top in the Electoral College.

“They are starting to recognize there really is something off about the election results as they come in,” Heba Abedin wrote. “Considering everything that is at stake, a vote audit should be done.”


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