Lessons of 2016 and 1980: A TV Personality Will Beat A Policy Wonk

Running a policy wonk against a TV personality did not end well for the Democrats in 1980 or 2016, observed Travis Knoll, a Phd student in history. He writes in Huffington Post: "As we found out in 1980, when an unpopular and tepid but dedicated nuclear submarine engineer faced off against a movie star in a … Continue reading Lessons of 2016 and 1980: A TV Personality Will Beat A Policy Wonk

Hillary Clinton Won Larger Percentage Or Higher Margin of Vote Than 14 Presidents

Hillary Clinton won, in the final tally, nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump, about the same number as Barack Obama did in 2012, and 48.2 percent of the vote compared to Trump's 46.1 percent. She won a larger percentage or margin of the popular vote than 14 (about one third) of US presidents -- … Continue reading Hillary Clinton Won Larger Percentage Or Higher Margin of Vote Than 14 Presidents

5 States and 215 Counties Switched from Obama to Trump

The 2016 election was decided by five counties in two states, Florida and Michigan, Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio says. Trump under-performed in Texas, Arizona, and Georgia, but it made no difference. If Trump lost Macomb County in Michigan, a traditionally Democratic suburb of Detroit which famously went for Reagan, and these four counties in Florida -- … Continue reading 5 States and 215 Counties Switched from Obama to Trump

3 States and less than 100,000 Votes Determined 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump carried Pennsylvania by about 72,000 votes; Wisconsin by 26,000 votes; and Michigan by 12,000 votes. If these three states had gone the other way, Clinton would have won. Clinton did not campaign once in Wisconsin during the general election. Only 112,000 votes gave us President Trump. In the final count, the election was decided … Continue reading 3 States and less than 100,000 Votes Determined 2016 Presidential Election

Could Bernie Sanders Or Joe Biden Have Beaten Trump?

Democrats are working through "what if's?" and possibly recriminations against Hillary Clinton. Democrats wonder if Bernie Sanders could have beaten Trump (NPR). Some Sanders supporters believe he could have won Michigan, maybe Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Florida, where Clinton didn't. Zach Exley, author of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything, says Trump … Continue reading Could Bernie Sanders Or Joe Biden Have Beaten Trump?