New information shows that Hillary Clinton had a gigantic problem with voters who had supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but backed Donald Trump four years later.
Those Obama-Trump voters, in fact, effectively accounted for more than two-thirds of the reason Clinton lost, according to Matt Canter, a senior vice president of the Democratic political firm Global Strategy Group.
In his group’s analysis, about 70 percent of Clinton’s failure to reach Obama’s vote total in 2012 was because she lost these voters.
Canter and others have delivered a detailed report of their findings to senators, congressmen, fellow operatives and think tank wonks – all part of an ongoing effort to educate party leaders about what the data says really happened in last year’s election.
His firm’s conclusion is shared broadly by Democrats who have examined the data, including senior members of Clinton’s campaign.
The findings are significant for a Democratic Party, at a historic low point, that’s trying to figure out how it can win back power.
“This idea that Democrats can somehow ignore this constituency and just turn out more of our voters, the math doesn’t work,” Canter said. “We have to do both.”
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