Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dems attack as milllennials turn to 3rd parties

Hillary Clinton goes after disenchanted millennials with warning about Donald Trump - - Dan Merica & M.J. Lee:

September 20, 2016 - "Hillary Clinton made a direct appeal Monday to a demographic group that continues to be deeply skeptical of the Democratic nominee: millennials....

"Younger voters overwhelmingly backed President Barack Obama in 2012 -- giving him a 29 point lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to exit polls. In 2008, Obama easily outpolled Republican John McCain among [millennials] -- 66% to 32%.

"But the enthusiasm that young voters -- including many first-time voters -- showered on Obama, however, has not transferred over to Clinton.

"One obstacle getting in Clinton's way: third party candidates.

"A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that 36% of voters under 30 plan to support Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson or the Green Party's Jill Stein.

"With just 50 days left until Election Day, the Clinton campaign is relying heavily on popular, big-name Democratic surrogates to help court undecided and unenthusiastic voters.

"Last week, it dispatched Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, [Bernie] Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to battleground states.

"And Priorities USA, a super PAC backing Clinton, announced last week that they are launching a multimillion-dollar digital campaign to discuss 'how a vote for a third-party candidate is a vote for Donald Trump.'

"Priorities has conducted polling on voters backing Johnson and Stein – research they will use to determine how those individuals can be persuaded to back Clinton, according to Priorities spokesman Justin Barasky.

"The lead that Clinton has enjoyed since the Democratic National Convention in July has largely evaporated, and she is now neck-and-neck with Trump in both national and swing state polls."

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