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Trump: 'To me, winning the popular vote is easier'

President Trump said Friday he thinks "winning the popular vote is easier" but said he focused on winning key electoral college states during the 2016 election.

Trump said he decided “very intelligently to campaign in the states that you have to win for the Electoral College victory that you need.”

“I’ve never really been in favor of it [the Electoral College], but now I appreciate it,” Trump said at a rally in Alabama for Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe Trump Presidency: Year One Dems search for winning playbook Stephen Bannon steps down from Breitbart MORE (R) ahead of Tuesday's Senate GOP primary runoff.

“To me, winning the popular vote is easier, because you go to New York, you go to California, you go to Texas.”

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“The beauty with the electoral college is … I was going to all over, I was going to smaller states. It brings the whole country into play,” Trump continued. “It brings certain states into play that would never really be thought of. But I focused heavily on Pennsylvania and North Carolina.”

Trump also said he’d rather have the popular vote count instead of the electoral college.

“I would rather have the popular vote count because for me, it would be easier,” Trump said.

Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts report Warner attempted to talk to dossier author Poll: Nearly half of Iowans wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020 Rubio on Warner contact with Russian lobbyist: It’s ‘had zero impact on our work’ MORE by nearly 3 million votes in the 2016 election.

The president was stumping for Strange, who was endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (R-Ky.) and is facing off against ex-Alabama Supreme Court justice Roy Moore, who has the support of several former White House aides, including former strategist Steve Bannon.