This infographic by the NY Times illustrates just how close this last election was. It will not offer any solace to those who were devastated by the results, but it shows that the incoming president will have to push hard to prove he has a mandate.
It was a close election, one we will be talking about for a long time I think. However, it doesn't matter how many ways you illustrate the results - they are what they are. We would be wise to take heed of the advice of a wise man on this matter: