"Got creamed with younger voters again."
"She has got a real problem going forward."
These were just some of the observations made in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s embarrassing, 13-point defeat to Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin.
While the Clinton camp is dismissing the significance of their sixth consecutive primary loss, her weak Wisconsin performance should raise major red flags for her faltering campaign.
Democrats should officially be worried. Here’s why:
Voters Are Sending a Clear Message: They Don’t Trust Hillary
Trust matters, and it’s costing Clinton votes.
One third of Wisconsin voters cite honesty as their top quality in a candidate. Among those voters, only 16% of those voters think Hillary Clinton is “honest.”
That’s a huge problem for Clinton and she has done little to show voters she deserves their confidence.
There’s no doubt willingness to flip-flop on any issue bankrupts her ability to create a consistent message.
And let’s not forget how the FBI investigation into her secret email server is still moving forward. Her willingness to unload more dishonest spin regarding her secret server shows she can’t face up to how she jeopardized national security as Secretary of State.
Just this week, she had the audacity to claim on The View that there was "nothing to it." But 1 FBI investigation, 2 Obama Inspector General investigations, and more than 2,000 classified emails found on her server prove there is plenty to it.
She’s A Divisive Candidate…Even Among Democrats
A new poll has 25% of Sanders voters refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination – a shocking number that would threaten her ability to win a general election.
More than that, it underscores her failure to offer a compelling and unifying rationale for her candidacy.
Indeed, the most unifying feature of her campaign might be its opposition, with Republicans and Democrats alike convinced she should not be president.
Young Voters Want Nothing to Do With Clinton
Clinton has consistently fallen short when it comes to young voters this primary season, and Wisconsin was no different.
She lost Wisconsin with voters 24 and under by a margin of 84-16. She lost voters ages 25-29 by a margin of 79-20. And she wasn’t even close with 30-39 year olds, who she lost 69-31.
The youth vote is a critical voting bloc in the Obama coalition, and Hillary is counting on it to deliver a White House victory.
Though you wouldn’t know it by the way she is lashing out at young people who refuse to support her campaign.
Over the weekend, Clinton said she felt "sorry" for young people "who believe" Sanders's claims.
Clinton thinks young voters have merely been hoodwinked. She doesn’t realize they simply don’t want any part of her hypocrisy and commitment to more of the failed status quo.
Whether the evidence is this string of embarrassing losses or the fact she has been significantly outraised this year, it’s clear many in the Democrat party have been turned off by Hillary Clinton’s long record of flip-flops, scandals, and dishonest attacks.
New York is now a must-win for Clinton, who is deep into a primary season she hoped to have wrapped up in March.
If she delivers a decisive victory in her adopted home state, she may stall her primary woes.
But as the Wisconsin numbers portend, there is trouble brewing for Clinton down the line.
Elections Hillary Clinton