What’s ahead for Hil­lary?

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

In a cam­paign for pres­i­dent packed with mo­ments to re­mem­ber, and more than a few de­ci­sions to for­get, there are some that will res­onate for Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump on Elec­tion Day. Here’s a look at five key points in Clin­ton’s race that of­fer clues about what will hap­pen as the cam­paign ends.

Early vote value

It was late on the night of the kick­off Iowa cau­cuses when Clin­ton took the stage be­fore sup­port­ers in Des Moines and said: “I stand here tonight, breathing a big sigh of re­lief.” Re­lief, in­deed. Faced with a late surge in mo­men­tum for Ver­mont Sen Bernie San­ders in a state that has never fully warmed to her, Clin­ton barely eked out a win in the lead­off event of the 2016 cam­paign. She beat San­ders by less than three-tenths of 1 per­cent. While the close fin­ish gave sup­port­ers the jit­ters, it did not up­end the race - which a loss to San­ders would have.

How did she do it?

Clin­ton in­vested heav­ily in a for­mi­da­ble voter tar­get­ing and get-out­the-vote ef­fort in Iowa. She spent mil­lions to cre­ate a sim­i­larly ro­bust voter turnout op­er­a­tion na­tion­wide, with a fo­cus on the coun­try’s bat­tle­ground states. She and her team were un­ques­tion­ably con­fi­dent in the race’s fi­nal days, and that turnout ma­chine is per­haps the big­gest rea­son why.

It took Clin­ton un­til June to of­fi­cially wrap up the Demo­cratic pri­mary against a sur­pris­ingly ro­bust chal­lenge from San­ders. But the con­test was ef­fec­tively de­cided on Su­per Tues­day when African-Amer­i­can vot­ers gave Clin­ton a huge ad­van­tage. In seven of the South­ern states vot­ing that day, Clin­ton got more than 8 in 10 black votes. Early vot­ing fig­ures ahead of Elec­tion Day show black vot­ers are not turn­ing out at the same lev­els as in 2012, when they helped de­liver Pres­i­dent Barack Obama a sec­ond term. Cam­paign­ing for Clin­ton, Obama ap­pealed di­rectly to African Amer­i­cans, ar­gu­ing she would con­tinue his agenda while Trump would over­turn it. Speak­ing to vot­ers in North Carolina re­cently, Obama did not tem­per his anx­i­ety: “The fate of the Repub­lic rests on your shoul­ders.”

It was a ten­der mo­ment for Clin­ton. At a meet­ing with Latino ac­tivists in Las Vegas in Fe­bru­ary, a young girl told her about her fears her parents would be de­ported. Hug­ging the child, Clin­ton said: “Let me do the wor­ry­ing.— AP

NEW YORK: Elec­tion worker Roz­ina Ak­ter talks with a voter in the Boro Park neigh­bor­hood in the Brook­lyn bor­ough of New York. Ak­ter, a Mus­lim, is orig­i­nally from Bangladesh. — AP

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