September 28, 2016

Here’s Why Hillary Clinton Isn’t Up 50 Points

Hillary Clinton might think she should be up by 50 points, yet the fact is she isn’t. The close presidential race has Clinton and her campaign feeling the pressure. In The Hill this morning, sources close to the Clintons relate the many different ways that pressure is making itself felt on the campaign. With the campaign turning into a six week “dogfight,” the Clintons’ many scandals keep hampering the candidate:

“The surrogate said the campaign has been sidelined at times by storylines like the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department — which overshadowed her campaign and fed into the narrative that Clinton is dishonest and secretive.”

The Clintons’ frustration has manifested itself in unusual and desperate ways. Many Democrats are now “panicked by third-party candidates,” so much so that they have turned their attention to attacking these previously ignored also-rans:

“The Clinton campaign and its liberal allies are increasingly taking the threat from Johnson and Stein seriously, making direct appeals to young voters and punching down at the third-party candidates they view as potential spoilers.”

In fact, the liberal NextGen Climate is spending six figures running ads attacking Gary Johnson. The focus on the harm third party candidates are doing to Clinton is part of a larger problem Clinton has had all year with young voters. Bloomberg reports this morning that Clinton has a “Millennial math problem.” That is because in states like New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders’ young voters have still not warmed to the Democratic nominee:

“New Hampshire is emblematic of a larger Clinton problem. The youth vote was one of the pillars of the Obama coalition. But thus far it’s proven perhaps the most difficult one for Clinton to rebuild. Polls show the nominee failing to earn the confidence of young voters—only 33 percent of those between ages 18-29 told Gallup this month that they approved of her…”

Clinton’s lack of trustworthiness has prevented young voters from joining her campaign in the five months since the Democratic primary ended. Yet even though Clinton is campaigning with Bernie Sanders today, her problems show no sign of abating.