What’s ahead for Hillary?
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