Clin­ton strug­gling to win over the young vot­ers she needs

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

With roughly a month un­til Elec­tion Day, Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton is still strug­gling to win over young vot­ers who twice helped elect Barack Obama.

“They’re not brand loyal to ei­ther party — they’re loyal to ide­ol­ogy and dis­rup­tion of the sta­tus quo,” said Jill Hanauer, a Den­ver-based Demo­cratic strate­gist whose firm has polled the age group known as mil­len­ni­als. She said many don’t re­mem­ber how protest votes for Green Party can­di­date Ralph Nader helped elect Ge­orge W. Bush in 2000.

Clin­ton’s chal­lenge with younger vot­ers is part of what’s keep­ing the race close. A re­cent AP-GfK poll found John­son pulling 14 per­cent of vot­ers un­der 30, Green Party nom­i­nee Jill Stein with 3 per­cent and “other” with 6 per­cent. Clin­ton had the back­ing of 48 per­cent of young vot­ers, com­pared with the 60 per­cent Obama notched in 2012. Trump had 27 per­cent in the poll.

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