Only us political Neanderthals bemoan the quadrennial quagmire as is the Presidential Pageant.
We know the frauds, the foibles, the sleight of hand that the Electoral College is not the same as winning the popular vote. This old haunting of our democracy, when a dozen electorally rich states essentially hold private patent on the presidency. That the Electoral College may or may not jive with the popular vote is part of the complex structure of our government.
The House of Representatives is apportioned by population, the Senate allotted at two per state never mind its population. The third branch of government not elected at all, the Supreme Court, only to imagine the political free-for-all as would result were the Supreme Court an elected position.
Taken as a whole, our government and its branches are part of an evolved pattern of governance with millennia of experience and pratfalls. As an English birthright our governmental history includes the overthrow of a king and the institution of the burgess form of government in the House of Commons; our Senate inheritance is from the House of Lords; balancing the proletariat with the upper class/money/land. A tender balance we have waged ever since.