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How's That Clinton Ground Game Going?

RNC Communications - September 29, 2016

How’s that Clinton ground game going?  Hillary Clinton is underperforming in key states and with key demographics she must do well with to win in November.  Begs the question, based on these recent headlines below, are Democrats and Hillary Clinton worried about their ground game efforts? 

Politico, Clinton campaign in ‘panic mode’ over Florida black voters

Democrats are beginning to worry that too many African-American voters are uninspired by Clinton’s candidacy, leading her campaign to hit the panic button this week and launch an all-out blitz to juice-up voter enthusiasm…"Hillary Clinton's campaign is in panic mode. Full panic mode," said Leslie Wimes, a South Florida-based president of the Democratic African-American Women Caucus.

Bloomberg, The Clinton Campaign Has a Millennial Math Problem

In New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and other northern states, the Democratic nominee still has to close the deal with Bernie Sanders holdouts.

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—and running far behind where she would hope to be against her Republican opponent. The polls also show Clinton currently winning under half their votes, while Obama got over three-fifths of that demographic in both of his campaigns.

Politico, Nevada giving Democrats heartburn

Clinton now finds herself locked in a tight race with Trump in Nevada, a long-running source of concern for her campaign. And Democrats are also in greater danger of losing retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s seat, which could extinguish the party’s hopes of winning the majority. Catherine Cortez Masto, Reid’s anointed Democratic successor, did not lead a single independent poll against GOP Rep. Joe Heck all summer.

The Courier, As early voting numbers lag, Iowa Democrats preach patience

Despite early data that suggests Democrats in Iowa are lagging far behind early voting efforts in previous presidential elections, top campaign staff for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton insist their program is working…At the same point in 2012, however, Iowa Democrats had made six times as many requests.

New York Times, Hillary Clinton Is Getting Surprisingly Little Extra Lift From Blacks and Hispanics

Mrs. Clinton is not poised to match the gains Mr. Obama made among nonwhite voters over previous Democratic nominees. That brings the pace of Democratic gains down to the slow crawl of demographic change.

Washington Post, Among Democrats, deep concern about Clinton’s Hispanic strategy

Lagging support among Hispanic voters for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and congressional candidates in crucial races has stoked deep concern that the party and the presidential campaign are doing too little to galvanize a key constituency.


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