Ever since Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination a couple weeks ago, I’ve been cautious in my approach to the general election. To me, Hillary Clinton still had a decent edge. But maybe I was listening to the conventional wisdom a little too much. Because some things are starting to become clear as of late.

They are:

  1. Hillary is going to have a hard time bringing Bernie Sanders voters back into the fold. 
  2. The pundits who are predicting an epic wipeout for Trump and the GOP this fall have gotten out too far in front of their horses. 
  3. The Clinton campaign is going to be boring and conventional, just like their candidate.

Take a look at these numbers

In Florida, Clinton leads Trump, 43 percent to 42 percent, while Sanders earned 44 percent to Trump’s 42 percent. While Clinton holds a 13-point advantage among Florida women — 48 percent to 35 percent — Trump’s lead among men is equally large, at 49 percent to 36 percent. Independent Florida voters are split, 39 percent to 39 percent, while along racial lines, white voters said they would vote for the Republican candidate 52 percent to 33 percent. Among nonwhite voters, 63 percent to 20 percent said they would vote for the Democrat. Clinton’s favorability in Florida is a net negative 20 points (37 percent to 57 percent), though Trump earned the same numbers. For Sanders, 43 percent said they had a favorable opinion of him, 41 percent unfavorable and 14 percent said they did not know enough to have an opinion.

Along with these new ones

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump now finds himself just three percentage points behind Hillary Clinton, according to a new national poll released Tuesday. The NBC News/SurveyMonkey Poll of more than 14,000 adults gave Clinton 48 percent to Trump’s 45 percent. Among minorities, though, Clinton has a whopping 75-point lead over Trump. The billionaire businessman, however, tops the former secretary of state among men and whites. While Clinton still edges her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders nationally—54 percent to Sanders’ 40 percent—the Vermont senator defeats Trump by a greater margin in a hypothetical matchup, 53 percent to 41 percent.

I have to be honest with you guys. In the grand scheme of things, national polls don’t mean that much. The Electoral College determines who becomes president and those electors are determined through state-by-state results. Still, they’e valuable for looking at where a candidate stands in general. If you’re running 10 points down, like Trump was in most polls a few weeks ago, you’re likely going to have a tough time in the states as well. However, the tide has started to turn as of late.

The main reason for Trump’s recent rise probably isn’t even Trump himself, though. It’s how lackluster Hillary Clinton seems to the general public and indeed to her own party.


As you can see, Trump started rising right around the time he locked up the nomination. I predict that will continue as more and more Republicans consolidate behind his candidacy. But what’s really causing the tightening is Clinton’s piss-poor campaign. She’s still losing to Bernie on the regular. Hell, she might lose again tonight as well. This is not the ideal way for a frontrunner to close out the primary season. Yes, Obama lost some of the final primaries to Hillary in 2008, but he had much more popularity among the party at-large back then (and even now). Therefore, it wasn’t hard for Clinton voters to give up the ghost and back Barack, who also happened to be the first black major-party nominee for president. Clinton doesn’t enjoy this same level of support among Democrats in 2016.

I still don’t think anything will stop her from being the nominee, except possibly an indictment in the email scandal. Still, this is a bad sign for the fall.

Combine that with the polling that shows Sanders doing much better against Trump and the exit polls that keep suggesting a large chunk of Sanders voters are willing to back Trump over Hillary, and you can begin to see how she loses the election come November. Will that happen? Who knows? The campaign season is very long and it isn’t even close to over. However, pundits who are counting on an easy ride for Mrs. Clinton might want to start rethinking that assumption.

  1. Or a coughing fit or collapsing so here health is questioned.
    And exactly what does Hillary have to offer? What can she even campaign on?

  2. I’d honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Bernie’s supporters came to Trump’s side if it was further revealed that Hillary outright lied about various things and united to defeat a common foe, cause I dread to think what would happen if Hillary got elected and I live in the UK.

    1. If Hillary gets indicted and has to pull out of the race, Trump wins, because the DNC will pick Joe Biden over Bernie.

  3. I can see Trump being this years Al Gore – win the popular vote, lose the election. Electoral college is going to make it tough to beat Clinton unless a big Blue state goes for Trump while none of the Red States go for Clinton.

    Then we’ll see the biatching and moaning about reforming the Electoral College.

    1. Every time I mentioned “Gore won the popular vote”, some right-winger would assault with “no, he didn’t, fool”, and if what you say happens, they’ll be on the other side of that argument.

  4. That polling graph looks alot like the one between Trump and Cruz did going into the primary. Personally what I can’t wait for is the debates because Trump is going to turn her into hamburger on live tv.

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  5. Bernie Sanders has said he hates Trump, that he would be disastrous for the country, and would never vote for him, so if you’re a Bernie supporter, I’m not sure why you would vote for Trump. Hillary at least agrees with Bernie here, and even if you avoid her because she’s pro-establishment, Trump is the other side of that coin, the rich side that buy the politicians.

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