With early voting is underway in numerous states across the country, Hillary Clinton is no doubt concerned about the low numbers of two key demographics that are so far turning out in much lower numbers than typical and than she needs them to.
Blacks and millennials are two key demographics that has kept Hillary in the lead in polling but those voters are so far not turning out to vote during early voting when compared to elections past. Given the fact that more Americans are participating in early voting than before, with increases with each election cycle, this must be the cause of great concern for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
In 1996, only 10-percent of Americans cast their ballot during early voting. Compare that to 31-percent in 2014 and you can see the sizable increase in people who turn out to vote early. While those statistics include all Americans, the reality of early voting so far by blacks and millennials is not where Hillary Clinton needs it to be.
Black voters are turning out in far fewer numbers than they did in 2012. The states of Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio all experienced severe drops in early votes from black voters. Marc Caputo of Politico also notes a significant difference in the key swing state of Florida.
Voters under the age of 30 are also turning up in smaller numbers than in previous elections. Iowa, North Carolina, and Ohio saw the most drastic decreases among younger voters, but other key states like Virginia, Nevada, and Michigan also experienced severe drops in voter turnout.
It’s no wonder Hillary Clinton is leaning so heavily on Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Bernie Sanders to speak at rallies on her behalf. She’s alone is not appealing to black or millennial voters so she has to hope that they can inspire those groups to turn out the vote…and ignore the Emailgate scandal and ongoing FBI investigation that continues to rock her campaign.
h/t Daily Caller