Nevertheless, the election of 1916 was extremely close. Wilson completely lost the East and much of the Midwest to Hughes. As Election Day drew to an end, several newspapers set their presses to announce Hughes's victory. It is reported that Wilson himself fell asleep that night under the impression that he had lost. After all the votes had been counted, however, it was clear that Wilson had won. He had received roughly 600,000 more popular votes than had Hughes and twenty-three more votes in the Electoral College.