The marquee of November’s general election is practically settled, and now a lot of our focus is shifted towards what the reality of a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump race really means.
According to CBS’ Nancy Cordes, Hillary Clinton will be taking a step back from her fellow Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, to begin making the case against Donald Trump.
“The Clinton campaign will work to distill their message against Donald Trump, says Cordes. “She will make the case on issues and on personality in a way that some Republicans old did when it was too late.”
While Trump’s angle is pretty obvious as his final remaining opponent John Kasich stepped down Wednesday [May 4, 2016], Hillary Clinton may not be as easily able to shift her focus entirely on the billionaire just yet.
Although Clinton’s nomination is pretty much secured unless Bernie Sander manages to snag at least 85 percent of the remaining delegates and a handful of the remaining super delegates, he’s still in this thing until the final vote is counted.
While Clinton is already reeling in support from GOP conservatives who have no interest in a Trump presidency, her best bet is to continue campaigning for the race she’s currently running.
Clinton’s strategy now should be to look towards the demographics that catapulted Barack Obama into the presidency both in 2008 and 2012: minorities, college-educated whites, and young liberals—the demographics in which Trump does the worst.
Clinton’s focus on possibly gaining a significant amount of Republican defectors won’t likely do her any good due to the fact that there aren’t enough.
According to a recent poll conducted by Reuters, 84 percent of Republican votes have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton—a number much higher than Jeb Bush’s, the conservative you couldn’t even get conservatives to vote for.
Clinton’s biggest advantage now is Donald Trump is still pretty much disliked, a fact that places her as the “favorite” in this race. But, jumping the gun too quickly could certainly backfire if Clinton doesn’t focus on first strengthening her force within the Democratic Party.