As you might know, there is a proposal floating around to guarantee that the winner of the popular vote becomes president. It involves states with enough electoral votes to control the presidency (270) agreeing (via an interstate compact) that they will cast their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. Eleven states (including Massachusetts) have signed on, representing 165 electoral votes.
Interestingly for present purposes, Newt Gingrich is an enthusiastic endorser of this idea. In 2014, he wrote to the head of the National Popular Vote initiative, explaining:
America would be better served with a presidential election process that treated citizens across the country equally. The National Popular Vote bill accomplishes this in a manner consistent with the Constitution and with our fundamental democratic principles.
Of course, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote – and it appears that she did so by more than Al Gore did in 2000, and possibly, in percentage terms, more than Presidents Nixon in 1968 and Kennedy in 1960. Yet, of course, Donald Trump won the electoral college, and so (barring something highly unexpected) he will be named president on December 19 when the electors vote.
One wonders whether Gingrich thinks this to be a just and democratic set of circumstances.