In the 2008 contest for the Democrat presidential candidacy, virtually all political observers stated it was a foregone conclusion the Hillary Clinton would easily lock up her party’s nomination and then go off to battle John McCain in the fall. She was a political veteran, and on top of that, offered the nation a chance to elect its first female president. Then Barack Obama burst on the scene and plucked the trophy from the grasp of Hillary, even as her supporters were all but preparing her coronation.
Well, it is 2016 and surely this is Clinton’s time to shine, right? It was just two weeks ago that nearly all political experts in the media predicted not just a November 8 victory for Hillary Clinton, but a landslide.
But now, in the wake of the reigniting of questions regarding Mrs. Clinton’s private email server while Secretary of State, poll tracking numbers indicate that the race for the white house has tightened significantly.
At the national level, numbers from Real Clear Politics show Clinton’s lead at just two points, within the margin of error. CNN has revised its electoral map to account for the change, with the number of electoral votes in Clinton’s column now below the 270 required to win the presidency.
The new polling data indicate more pathways to victory for Donald Trump. Clinton’s tremendous unpopularity, multiple scandals, and questionable policies have helped move Trump to the precipice of one perhaps the most stunning presidential election outcomes in American history.